Taught course

English Literature

Ulster University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have gained an upper second class honours degree or better in English Literature or a related discipline, but applicants with a lower second class degree may also be considered. The degree held must be from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard. Applicants may alternatively hold an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification. They must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Offering extensive options in both English Literature and Creative Writing, this course helps you pursue your passion for the written word.

Pioneering research shapes our teaching. You will benefit from our extensive knowledge and expertise as you study a range of novels, poetry and plays. Exploration of critical theory and current literary debates will introduce you to how issues such as gender, ecology and psychoanalysis inform the way we read texts. A focus on Irish writing in English gives the course a distinctive identity, and the creative writing pathway offers you the opportunity to create under the guidance of published writers.

This course is the perfect route towards further study and research. Graduates have secured positions within the teaching profession, publishing, freelance journalism and creative writing, bookselling, librarianship, the media, public relations, archival work, marketing, advertising and administration.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    30 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

James Ward
+44(0)2870 124958