Entry requirements

2.1 (upper second class honours undergraduate degree or international equivalent) in English language/literature or a related arts or humanities subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The School of English is renowned for the excellence of its research and teaching in all areas of English Literature, from the Medieval period to the contemporary.

This programme enables you to extend and develop your research skills and explore research issues across a broad range of periods. The flexible programme structure and small-group, research-led teaching of modules facilitates specialisation in those areas of greatest interest for you, while acquainting you with a relevant range of skills and conceptual frameworks to enhance your study, such as the nature of archival study, genre and textuality, the relationship between print and manuscript, interdisciplinarity, and questions of cultural and political context.

Staff in the school have a broad range of research expertise that feeds directly into teaching and dissertation supervision. Accordingly, students taking the English Literature MA are able to develop a bespoke programme that introduces a wide variety of material but allows a high degree of flexibility in selecting texts for more detailed study and assessment.

The flexible programme structure and small-group, research-led teaching of modules facilitates specialisation in those areas of greatest interest for you, while acquainting you with a relevant range of skills and conceptual frameworks to enhance your study, such as the nature of archival study, genre and textuality, the relationship between print and manuscript, interdisciplinarity, and questions of cultural and political context.

Areas to be studied on these period-specific modules may include:

  • Tudor and Stuart cultural identity, Older Scots literature, and Ricardian literature
  • Late Middle English poetry
  • Early Modern Drama
  • 18th-century and Romantic writers
  • Victorian and fin-de-siècle literature
  • Modernism
  • Regional Literature
  • A range of contemporary poets and novelists
  • The Gothic, sensation and crime fiction and literature of British India

This MA programme provides excellent preparation for future research at doctoral level. Students will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of literary genres and to investigate textual and critical issues involved in the study of literature in their cultural and historical context. Topics covered could include:

  • questions of genre
  • establishing and challenging a literary canon
  • the idea of the archive
  • notions of orality and performance
  • the relationship between manuscript and print cultures
  • editorial practice and politics

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
postgraduate-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 951 5559