Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related humanities subject, including a basic grounding in literature, film or critical theory.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a flexible and challenging masters course, delivered by a team of tutors with internationally recognised academic expertise in an array of specialist areas.

MA English Studies allows you to build your own bespoke masters experience, selecting from a range of units to reflect your interests in the further study of English.

Choose to study the course on campus full-time in one year or part-time over two.

You can choose to follow one of our bracketed specialisms: MA English Studies (The Gothic), MA English Studies (Postcolonial Studies), MA English Studies (Nineteenth-Century Studies), MA English Studies (Trauma Studies) or MA English Studies (American Studies).

Features and Benefits

  • Accessible - An accessible masters degree that is taught in the evening.
  • Based in Manchester - A diverse and creative city, that is a designated UNESCO City of Literature (2017).
  • Exciting opportunities - Take advantage of the English Department’s involvement with heritage projects, festivals, conferences, libraries, the creative industries and a varied programme of literary/research events.
  • Personal learning experience - Taught in small groups, you will benefit from the expertise of research active staff from whom you will learn specialist subject knowledge, professional research skills and conference presentation skills.
  • Research quality - We are ranked 8th out of 92 UK universities for our Research Power in English Language and Literature (REF 2021).
  • Industry connections - You will benefit from regular seminars by visiting speakers as well as a thriving conference schedule.
  • Support for you - A personal tutoring system is in place, ensuring that all students have a tutor with whom they can discuss any aspect of their academic developments.
  • Academic expertise - Take advantage of the expertise of a number of research centres within the English department, which directly inform our teaching across the different pathways.
  • Centre for Migration and Postcolonial Studies - Led by Minoli Salgado, this new centre was founded in 2021.
  • The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies - launched in 2013, capitalises on the expertise of a large number of internationally renowned Gothic scholars housed in the Department of English; Centre Head, Linnie Blake, along with Xavier Aldana Reyes and Sorcha Ni Fhlainn form the Centre’s core members.
  • Manchester Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies - this newly formed centre fosters interdisciplinary research on the literature, culture, art and architecture of the long nineteenth century and explores the rich and diverse heritage of Manchester as one of the UK’s first industrial cities. Building on the work of the well-established North West Long Nineteenth-Century Seminar, core members Emma Liggins, Sonja Lawrenson and Rachel Dickinson are committed to exploring the evolution of Northern identities, including Manchester’s links to a wide range of regional and diasporic communities.
  • Home to Manchester Poetry Library - Manchester Poetry Library is the North West's first public poetry library and holds over 10,000 books and recordings that can be explored through the online catalogue, in person and through the annual programme of events.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, inlcuding course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit: www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
For further information: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/
International students
For further information: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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