Taught course

English Literature

Newcastle University · School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in English literature or English Literature with classics, history, philosophy, a modern language, English language or politic. We will also consider your application if you have an undergraduate degree from another discipline, or have a lower or non-standard qualification. In this case you will need to provide a sample of your work.

Months of entry


Course content

Our course invites you to join a team of leading scholars. You will think critically about texts as radical interventions in a changing world.
The English Literature MA offers an intellectually challenging, innovative programme of study. It is directly informed by the outstanding research of staff in the School of English. The course emphasis is on key critical developments in literary studies, such as:
  • the relation of shifting aesthetic forms to political radicalism
  • the biographies of books
  • how authors and texts articulate their relationship to shifting geographies of cultural power
  • textual editing from manuscript to print to digital platforms
  • the sexual politics of public and private life in literature
  • the mind, the body and affect as sites of and for representation
  • the aesthetics and politics of American and world literatures
The MA moves away from period-based literary studies. Instead, it considers texts in the context of established and emerging scholarship and theory.
The School has an international reputation for high-quality research. It also has a friendly research environment. This makes it the ideal place for postgraduate engagement with major issues in English literary studies from 1500 to the present.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 10 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). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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