Taught course

English Studies (Literature and Culture 1200-1700)

The University of Manchester · English and American Studies

Entry requirements

A first class or upper-second class Honours degree (or its equivalent for overseas applicants) in English or a closely related area.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA reflects the (inter)disciplinary and (inter)period interests of a number of staff in English and American Studies - one of the most innovative and exciting subject areas in the School of Arts, Languages & Cultures at the University of Manchester. The research cluster from which this MA emerged, which includes Naomi Baker, Anke Bernau, Jerome de Groot, David Matthews, Gale Owen-Crocker, Fred Schurink and James Paz, has an international reputation in a number of the most important themes that are currently stimulating scholarly debate.

You will be taught by scholars who are at the forefront of their fields and are undertaking and publishing cutting-edge research. You will be taught innovative, hands-on research techniques as well as key theoretical approaches; you will be able to use a world-class research library; you will be part of a dynamic graduate community. The department regularly runs postgraduate masterclasses by visiting speakers; seminar leaders have included Steven Knight, Blair Worden, Sharon Achinstein, Ann Hughes, Martin Dzelzainis and Catherine Belsey.

Information for international students

International students should submit a 1500 word essay on a related literary topic with their application. Students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 7.0, or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based), or 250 (computer based).

Fees and funding

In most years a number of departmental and Faculty bursaries are available. Candidates applying for AHRC funding through the University of Manchester, will be considered for these awards; the deadline is usually 1st March. Further information is available from the Postgraduate Admissions Administrator, or the University website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
00 44 (0)161 275 0322