Research course

English Literature

Newcastle University · School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
MLitt by research

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Our English Literature MLitt allows you to work around your own research interests. It will prepare you for further research within and beyond academia. Our specialist areas include: Medieval and early modern literature; eighteenth-century and Romantic literature; Victorian literature; post-colonial literatures; children's literature and theatre studies.
Our course is an individually tailored research master's degree that contains some taught modules, independently conducted research assignments and a larger research dissertation at the end. The topics are chosen by you, in consultation with your supervisor.
The course is taught by small teams of research specialists clustered in the following research areas:
  • Medieval and early modern literature
  • eighteenth-century and Romantic literature
  • Victorian literature
  • fin de siècle and modernism
  • post-colonial literatures
  • American literature and culture
  • children's literature
  • theatre studies
We will encourage you to undertake placements, including archive work offered by our various partner institutions. Our partners include the Wordsworth Trust and Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books. You will also be part of the rich research culture in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and may participate in and lead events for our research groups.

Department specialisms

Medieval and early modern literature; eighteenth-century and Romantic literature; Victorian literature; fin de siècle and modernism; post-colonial literatures; American literature and culture; children's literature; theatre studies.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 9 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

MLitt by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Sherelle Coulson, Programme Administrator, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
+44 (0) 191 208 7199