Entry requirements

Applicants normally require a 2:1 honours degree in English Literature, English Language, or English Literature and Language, but consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully. Applicants are subject to written application, research proposal, evidence of written work, references, and interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

If you have an exciting idea for a research topic in English Literature and/or Language, this is an excellent opportunity.

The MRes in English is designed to allow you to develop and complete an independent research project in English Literature and/or Language, with the support of a well-qualified supervisor. An initial Research Methods module will ensure that you have the necessary skills to advance to the dissertation.

Why Study English with us?

Our Department of English academics are active researchers in the fields of both creative writing practice (including novels, flash fiction, and memoir), as well as literature, language, theory, and current research methodologies. We also recognise the importance of pastoral support, and offer a supportive environment in which to learn and study.

How will I be taught?

While the MRes requires substantial independent study, you will be expected to have regular meetings with your supervisor, attend research skills training events in the Department and the Faculty, and use the online Postgraduate Research Development tools. You will also be expected to attend postgraduate and staff research seminars.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework – for example book reviews, annotated bibliographies, essays, reports, presentations – and a dissertation.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of English