Taught course


Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in English or a closely related subject, and preferably with at least a 2:1 or higher degree classification. As the MA in English assumes you will have completed an undergraduate degree in the subject, you will need some knowledge of undergraduate English literary studies to successfully complete this qualification.

If your degree is not in English or a closely related subject, we strongly recommend that you read material from the set books list for MA English part 1 (A815). The Handbook to Literary Research (ed. Da Sousa Correa and Owens) outlines the skills you will need to study for this qualification.

Before you enter the degree you must be able to:

  • write clear, concise, accurate prose
  • read large quantities of text quickly and accurately
  • classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability
  • argue logically and coherently
  • provide evidence in support of your ideas and arguments

Months of entry


Course content

From Genesis to JM Coetzee, our MA in English offers you a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study. You'll broaden your knowledge and appreciation of different genres, periods, techniques and writers, and of the ways in which they have been transmitted and read. You'll also develop your independent skills in literary research that will culminate in a dissertation on a topic and texts of your choice. This course can help you pursue or develop a career in the media, culture and knowledge industries, and other professions that require understanding of literature and culture, and skills in the creative use of textual analysis.

Information for international students

This qualification is also available in the Republic of Ireland and Continental Western Europe.

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    30 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Open University
0300 303 5303