Reflecting the wide-ranging strengths of Royal Holloway's outstanding English Department, this flexible course gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies from four of our taught postgraduate courses.
You can choose from a wide range of units from the MAs in Medieval Studies, Shakespeare, Victorian Literature, Art and Culture and Literatures of Modernity. The course is ideal if you are interested in more than one period of English literature, or if you want to combine or juxtapose the literatures and genres of different periods.
At the end of your studies, a dissertation offers you the chance to explore a subject of your choice in depth.
- All members of staff are actively engaged in major research projects and the Department was awarded a 4* rating in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). This commitment to scholarly research means all our postgraduate courses are informed by the latest developments in literary studies.
- You will have the opportunity to be taught by world-leading researchers in all aspects of English through the range of course units available to you.
- The Department’s major research strengths span the Renaissance, the nineteenth century and the twentieth century and contemporary critical theory.
- Royal Holloway is home to the Subject Centre for English which drives innovation in the teaching of English in higher education throughout the UK.
- The College provides all the IT facilities and training that students need in order to access the burgeoning resources for study on the Internet.
- Our excellent library resources span the full range of English studies and you will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House as well as the British Library and the many specialist libraries located in central London.
Course content and structure
You will study the equivalent of two whole course units from those offered on the four MA courses, complete the research methodologies course, and write a dissertation.
On completion of the course graduates will have: - developed a critical understanding of the literature and culture of the main periods the student has chosen to study, and an advanced grounding in the theory and practice of interdisciplinary studies
- the ability to evaluate relevant critical, theoretical and contextual research at the forefront of the field
- skills of independent literary research at an advanced level using traditional and electronic resources
- confidence in deploying the appropriate critical and technological skills as required in analysing a range of visual, historical and literary material.
Assessment is carried out by essays and a dissertation.
Employability & career opportunities
The Department has an impressive record for placing graduates in academic jobs and in prominent position outside academia. In the field of Shakespeare and Renaissance studies alone, our postgraduates have recently secured positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Sussex and Leeds, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National University of Ireland. Recent postgraduates in America literature, modern and contemporary literature and theory have secured prestigious appointments in London.
The English Department also prepares postgraduates for successful careers in a variety of the other areas, such as teaching, writing and journalism, administration and marketing.