Taught course

English Literature

Northumbria University · English and Creative Writing Division

Entry requirements

Entry is conditional on achieving a first class or upper second BA (Hons) degree in English or a relevant related discipline. Applicants for the MRes have to submit on submission a 500-word proposal followed by a formal interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in English Literature reflects staff interests and expertise across periods and locations, from the early modern period to contemporary fiction, American literature and theories of sexuality.

The broad range of Northumbria’s English subject group has provided the opportunity to launch this distinctive postgraduate programme that capitalises on the groups existing strengths in both research and teaching with the programme offering broad engagement with the study of literature and its contexts.

The programme will appeal to a wide range of students interested in various aspects of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures, and it allows students to pursue their research projects in an individualized way.

Students are supported by a framework of modules designed to aid the acquisition of a wide range of knowledge and skills in the humanities and specific to the study of literature. The programme also creates a bridge to further postgraduate research and/or to relevant careers on top of strong undergraduate degrees in humanities’ subjects.

The aim of the MA programme is to provide graduate students with knowledge and understanding of literary studies; relevant knowledge of research methods and critical theories; to provide training in appropriate humanities’ skills; and to foster the acquisition of further professional skills such as communication, self-management and planning.

These aims are founded on the University’s Mission to provide challenging and innovative learning and teaching that empowers the active learner, and the Faculty’s Learning and Teaching strategy in a stimulating learning environment that engages actively with research and scholarly activity.

Are you interested in a career in professional research and studying the MRes in English Literature, teaching or pursuing doctoral studies? If so, our English Literature programme could be perfect for you.

The programme is taught by widely published scholars, and will give you expert knowledge of research methods. Our research-active staff work together across different disciplines to ensure you receive in-depth knowledge from a variety of experts.

The programme provides you with the opportunity to develop your own research interests by writing a 20,000 word dissertation. Prior to that, you will be supported through three intensive modules to develop the skills necessary to complete this substantial piece of research.

Upon graduating, you will be prepared to begin working towards your PHD, go into teaching or commence a career in professional researching.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444