A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.
International applicants for whom English is not their first language must have IELTS overall 7.0 with at least 6.0 for each component.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Months of entry
The programme provides an interdisciplinary experience, combining theoretical and applied linguistic interests, with particular emphasis on literary stylistics, alongside literature. The programme draws upon the expertise from staff in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, the Department of Comparative Literature and the School of English at Kent.
In the Autumn and Spring terms students take modules in Research Skills, Meaning, Literary Stylistics, and Literature and Theory. These are supplemented with further modules in either linguistics or literature. Following these taught modules, in the summer students combine principles from both subject areas in their dissertation.
The programme is particularly suited to students with a literary background who wish to engage with the technicalities of literature, or those with a linguistics background who wish to explore the creativity of language. It provides a structural insight into literature with a strong critical foundation.
The programme is ideal for those wishing to work in the media or communications industries. It also offers a smooth transition to doctoral work for those who wish to pursue their studies further.
Information for international students
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.
Fees and funding
Please see our funding pages for the most current information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of European Culture and Languages
- +44 (0) 1227 823505