Taught course

English Literature

Oxford Brookes University · Department of English and Modern Languages

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a lower second-class honours degree, or its equivalent, in English Literature or a related subject.

You also need to provide writing sample; it should showcase your writing at its best. For many the sample would consist of an advanced-level undergraduate essay that features:

  • Close engagement with primary sources (literary texts and/or other evidence)
  • Critical engagement with secondary sources (scholarly criticism, and/or theory, where appropriate)
  • A formal scholarly apparatus (notes, bibliography, works cited, etc).

If the above is not an option for you, then we're happy for you to submit one of these alternatives:

  • A piece of professional writing that engages with academic study or other research
  • A review of a literary work you have read recently, which makes use of current literary criticism/academic sources about the writer(s).

The sample should be 1500-2500 words, but if you use a longer piece - highlight the 2500 words you want us to focus on.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you ready to take your love of English literature to a higher level?

On the MA English Literature course at Oxford Brookes, you’ll explore everything from Elizabethan lyrics to New York stories. You’ll consider social issues such as gender, sexuality, and mental health through a literary lens. Your dissertation will enable you to explore an area you’re fascinated by, with expert support. On top of that, you’ll study in one of the world’s great literary cities.

We are a close-knit community. We prioritise small teaching groups, the sharing of ideas, and mature dialogue. Problem solving and critical thinking are key features of the course. Our staff are internationally recognised experts, meaning that you’ll be supported by specialists in most areas of English literature.

You’ll graduate with a greatly enhanced understanding of English literature, as well as critical thinking and research tools to thrive in any future career.

We like to give students the opportunity to showcase their work when applying for this course. Please include a writing sample with your application.

Information for international students

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,700 (Masters); £7,700 (Diploma); £4,350 (Certificate)
International students

Financial support and scholarships

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences believes strongly in the importance of making a difference to the world of our students, and in the ability and potential of our students to make a difference in the world. The Dean's Scholarship is one small way in which we make that belief tangible.

International students can apply for our International Students Scholarship.

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848