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 English Literature MA will enable you to think critically about texts as radical interventions in a changing world. You'll also join a team of leading scholars.

The English Literature MA offers an intellectually challenging, innovative programme of study, directly informed by the outstanding research of staff in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.

The MA moves away from period-based literary studies. Instead, it considers texts in the context of established and emerging scholarship and theory.

The English Literature MA has a generic route, as well as a specialist pathway in Children’s Literature, to suit your individual interests and career aspirations.

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.

Newcastle has a vibrant literary scene that will inspire you. You'll have access to:

  • Literary and Philosophical Society
  • Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts
  • Seven Stories (the National Centre for Children's Books)

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

Scott Burdon, Learning and Teaching Assistant
+44 (0) 191 208 3177