Entry requirements

A first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours (in English or a related field) or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to explore a literary topic you’re passionate about, with the potential to advance into MPhil or PhD study and an academic career? Join a vibrant, growing research community and acquire the skills necessary to carry out your own extended project. You’ll have expert guidance and individual supervision from staff specialising in a range of critical fields, from the 17th century to the present day.
  • Pursue your own specific research interests in English, culminating in an extended dissertation, with the guidance of an individual supervisor.
  • Join a thriving research community which fosters the sharing of knowledge and academic enquiry through research seminars, academic conferences, and visiting writers and critics.
  • Acquire a sophisticated range of subject specific and interdisciplinary research skills through tutorials, seminars and workshops.
  • Enjoy full access to the University’s library and electronic resources, including the Rare Books Room which includes materials on literature, history, architecture and the visual arts.
  • Benefit from adaptable study routes, allowing you to find a means of studying that fits around your other commitments.
  • Draw on staff expertise in a wealth of diverse areas, from the history of the book and reading to film and drama.
  • Broaden your knowledge by undertaking interdisciplinary work across traditional subject boundaries, for example in visual culture, psychology and psychoanalysis, representations of childhood and gender studies.
  • Progress from your undergraduate studies on a route that prepares you to become a researcher or do a PhD.

Information for international students

For international students, a very high level of proficiency in English (IELTS grade 7) is required.

Fees and funding

The Faculty of Arts is offering a 10% discount on fees to any University of Plymouth graduate who enrols on any full-time Faculty of Arts PgDiploma, MA programme or MRes programme next academic year and pro-rata for part-time students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1752 585858