Taught course

Contemporary Literature

York St John University · School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first degree in the subject or an equivalent area at 2:2 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

At York St John we offer a range of opportunities to explore literature at a postgraduate level. Our MA courses emphasise the importance of creative practitioners and are enhanced by regular visits. Visiting writers have included York-born award-winning novelist Kate Atkinson; poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan; novelist and poet Michèle Roberts; novelist Joe Dunthorne; graphic novelist and illustrator Graham Rawle; and award-winning poets Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra. York St John maintains links with the regional literary community through events such as York Literature Festival. Modules are supplemented by visiting industry professionals, agents and publishers.

All our programmes are run at our beautiful city centre campus in York. You can study full or part-time. Our postgraduate programmes offer distinctive and flexible patterns of study which will meet the needs of a wide range of students wishing to extend or develop their interests in literature and writing.

We look forward to welcoming you to York St John soon.

Information for international students

Where EC or overseas degrees are held, the candidate may be asked to demonstrate (i) competence in English at level 6.0 or above (IELTS score) and (ii) a degree in a relevant subject area equivalent to British standards

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (8000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Liesl King
01904 876945