Taught course

English Literature

University of Winchester · Department of English and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Develop advanced skills in analysing texts and discourses
  • Explore up-to-date and innovative research skills
  • Engage with your chosen texts at an advanced level

The MA English Literature at Winchester is designed to enhance and develop your skills in analysing and reading texts and creating your own arguments as you work on closely focused projects you choose drawn from all the main periods of English Literature. Our course is focussed around four literary periods: Medieval to Renaissance (1473-1660), The Enlightenment (1660-1798), Romanticism and Victorian Literature (1798-1910), and The Modern Period (1910 – the present), and teaches the critical, theoretical and methodological means to understand, to an advanced level, the texts that tell us who we are.

The course pushes the boundaries of the discipline, providing opportunities to enjoy a thought-provoking mix of literary materials and approaches to understanding them. You will engage with the ideas of the most exciting critical thinkers in contemporary cultural debates.

Throughout the MA course your study is backed up by a module in Research Methods, which provides a basis for your advanced learning, your assessments in each module and your dissertation – an extended piece of work on the text(s) or theme of your choice.

Within the department, staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, you will develop your abilities in independent and critical learning, building your confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis, with the support of staff.

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

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