Taught course

English Literary Studies

University of Exeter · English

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Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent, preferably in English (which is defined as English Literature, English and American Studies, etc.) or related disciplines (which are defined as Film Studies, Drama, Creative Writing).

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide evidence of a very high standard of written English.

NOTE: applicants with degrees in English language only do not meet the standard criteria.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in English Literary Studies is aimed at the study of literature, culture and film, and embraces the particular strengths of the Department of English and Film at Exeter. Our Masters degrees offer excellent opportunities to broaden and deepen your work in English and Film studies and to learn the skills needed for further postgraduate research.

The English Literary Studies MA offers an unusually large choice of modules and pathways, with expert tuition in all areas of English and Film including Early Modern and Renaissance studies, Romanticism, Victorian literature, American and Atlantic studies, Modern, Contemporary and World literatures and cultures, Critical Theory and Film Studies.

Many of our MA students go on to undertake PhD research here, where they are joined by research students from universities from across the world. The Queen’s Building, where the Department of English and Film is based, offers a dedicated postgraduate common room with computer facilities and a number of study carrels available for research students. Our Library and Special Collections offer modern study facilities and a vast amount of original source material, and if you’re interested in film or visual culture then the on-site Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is an invaluable resource.

We are one of the strongest English and Film departments in the UK with an excellent reputation for high quality research. Our Postgraduate students are an important part of our research community, and if you choose to join us at Exeter then you will be too.

There are many reasons why you might choose our English Literary Studies MA. The programme suits students interested in the areas of literature, culture, or film studies. It is specifically designed for those seeking high level training prior to embarking on doctoral research, recent graduates wishing to extend and enhance their studies by a year before taking up a career, individuals already in employment who are interested in career development, and those who simply wish to broaden their intellectual horizons. If you are thinking about taking your study of English to the next level then our Department has the knowledge to give you the high level training you need to set you on your chosen path.

Our flexible programme enables you to choose either a specific pathway or a selection of modules. If you elect to specialise, you will have one of these pathways named in your degree title. Students on the general programme are free to choose from all modules on offer in each year.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.


At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,300 (full-time) £4,150 (part-time)
International students
£17,700 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

We are delighted to offer scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate taught programmes starting in Autumn 2019.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Department of English
+44 (0)1392 725309