Taught course

English Studies: English Literature

Queen Mary, University of London · School of English and Drama

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd class Honours degree in English or such related fields as history, cultural studies and media studies. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5. Applicants without formal qualifications can be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in English Studies invites you to choose from a number of distinctive pathways through the programme.

The English Literature pathway mixes structure and flexibility. It combines a specially-designed core module with the opportunity to select further options from across the whole range of MA modules on offer in the Department of English.

It asks you to reflect on some crucial questions. How have ideas about literature and literary value changed over time? What effects do innovations in printing and publishing have on writing? To what extent do political and social factors condition and define authorial identities and practices? In answering these questions we consider the relationship between literatures from a variety of historical periods.

This pathway is ideal both for those who intend to pursue doctoral research – particularly if your interests span traditional literary periods – and for those who wish to achieve a broad overview of Anglophone literary culture.

On the programme, you will:

  • Gain a more advanced understanding of Anglophone literary culture
  • Study the literature that most interest you
  • Develop new skills in argument, presentation, and independent research
  • Graduate with the freedom to continue researching your literary interests at doctoral level or to pursue a wide range of careers.

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Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification and course duration


N/A months
distance learning
N/A months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of English and Drama
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