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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Languages, Literature & Culture

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £5,560; part time fee: 2018/19: £2,840;
    International - full time: 2018/19: £13,460

  • Last Updated

    21 March 2018

Course Content

Course content

The MA in English Literature offers an exciting and challenging course of graduate study covering a range of periods and genres from the Renaissance to the Contemporary.

The course enables you to develop subject expertise at an advanced level, and carry out independent research projects in your own areas of interest.

The core compulsory module provides a secure grounding in the key methods and critical contexts of postgraduate study. Elective modules cover the full range of periods and genres offered by the Department, while Independent Study Modules and the Dissertation offer the chance to pursue a personalised project matching your interests.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/english/

Why choose this course?

  • A curriculum that allows you to study either a broad range of literary texts, or specialise in periods and genres from the Renaissance to the present day 
  • You have the opportunity to study with internationally-renowned scholars who regularly publish in their field.
  • You have access to a state-of-the-art learning environment, and use of Oxford's world-famous Bodleian Library.
  • You have access to the Man Booker Prize archive, based here at Oxford Brookes.
  • Oxford is a vibrant student city that has much on offer, including the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, Modern Art Oxford and a wide range of lively food and music cultural events.
  • The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is home to a thriving poetry community. 

Teaching and learning

The MA course is taught through small-group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. Classes are held in the evenings, with sessions running from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. 

Part-time students attend the University one evening per week and should be able to devote an additional 12-15 hours per week to private study. 

Full-time students attend classes on two evenings per week and spend 30 hours per week in private study. 

Assessment is entirely by written work and occasional oral presentations. There are no examinations.

Specialist facilities

Oxford Brookes houses the Booker Prize Archive and has research and teaching strengths in fiction, drama, and poetry.

Our virtual learning portals provide core materials relating to learning and assessment online. These include lecture schedules, module guides, supporting materials, guidelines and criteria for coursework along with notes on essay writing and report presentation.

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre hosts a range of readings and research presentations, and regularly includes world class poets and researchers in its activities.

In addition to Oxford Brookes’ own specialised library collections, our MA students get full reader access to the Bodleian Library, one of the most important research collections in the world.

How this course helps you develop

The MA English Literature offers you the opportunity to develop your literary critical skills to a high level, but it also fosters your professional and personal growth through improving:

  •  advanced critical thinking skills
  •  verbal and literary presentation skills
  •  interpersonal and teamwork skills
  •  research skills
  • management and strategy skills
  •  digital literacy skills.


Our alumni go on to a wide range of careers in different sectors, including teaching, publishing, NGO/charity work, media production, and the creative industries. Employers value our postgraduate students’ advanced problem-solving, research, and communication skills. 

Recently, Jenny Mayhew, English PhD student, had her first novel published, A Wolf in Hindelheim. A significant number of successful MA students continue into further research and academic careers, at Brookes and other institutions. 

The MA course offers an excellent grounding in further study in English no matter what you decide to do afterwards, and provides the research experience and training you need to pursue a successful PhD project.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

Throughout your time at Brookes you will receive support from our Faculty staff, both academically and personally. Our student support co-ordinators are there to support you in all aspects of your academic career, from module choices to any personal issues you may experience. 

Your academic adviser will be allocated when you start, and will provide support throughout your studies.

We have a dedicated English librarian who will help you access relevant materials and guide you through the huge range of information available to you. The University library boasts an impressive range of materials including e-journals, e-books and databases.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Visit the English Literature (MA/ PGDip/ PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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