Taught course

English Literature

University of Winchester · Department of English and Creative Writing

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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 reading and writing as you work on closely focused projects drawn from any area of English Literature. Our course offers you modules from a wide range of periods and genres, and teaches the critical, theoretical and methodological means to understand, to an advanced level, the cultural forms that tell us who we are.

The course pushes the boundaries of the discipline, providing opportunities to enjoy a thought-provoking mix of traditional and non-traditional materials. You engage with the ideas of the most exciting critical thinkers in contemporary cultural debate, using innovative learning and teaching methods.

You complete a module in Research Methods, which provides a basis for your dissertation – an extended piece of work on the text(s) or theme of your choice. You also choose taught modules from a wide range including Sherlock Holmes – Victorian Superhero, Health and Disease in Literature, Models of the Mind, and Victorian Literature and Culture.

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 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.

Students with MA English Literature often pursue careers in teaching and education, publishing, website production, marketing, journalism, writing, the arts, media, the charity sector, and business. The course is also excellent preparation for doctoral studies.

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

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