Applicants for MA programmes in English and related literature will normally be expected to have obtained upper 2nd Class Honours, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. It is sometimes possible for MA by research students to transfer to a MPhil (and subsequently to a PhD) at the end of their MA year without having to make a new application. Such a transfer would be done without having the MA conferred, and your MA dissertation may be used as the basis for part of the thesis. The MA year will be counted as the first year of the MPhil/PhD. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.
Months of entry
January, October, April
We welcome application for research degrees at three levels: MA, MPhil and PhD. Our diversity of research interests means we will consider thesis proposals in any field of literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, including literatures in languages other than English.
Applicants will also receive training in research methods and skills appropriate to the stage they have reached and the nature of their work.
- guidance on planning and writing your thesis;
- using bibliographic and archival resources (both electronic and printed);
- handling research data;
- making conference presentations;
- preparting and submitting material for publication;
- applying for jobs.
Introductory classes in computing and word processing, various modern languages, palaeography, bibliography, and classical and medieval Latin are also available.
Information for international students
York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.
Fees and funding
Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Administrator
- +44 (0) 1904 323369