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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Languages, Literature & Culture

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the English Literature course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    15 July 2019

The MA in English Literature allows you to roam a stimulating field of English studies and draw on the individual research expertise of our experienced staff.

You shape your own pathway through course, selecting compelling modules from the MA in English and a combination from other specialist MAs such as the MA in Welsh Writing in English and the MA in Gender and Culture. 

This could see you combine gender and humour in medieval and early modern Europe with a module on writing radio drama.

A 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the course will investigate a topic of your choosing in English Literature.

Why English Literature at Swansea?

The College of Arts and Humanities is based on our inspirational Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay.

Designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard, the Graduate Centre provides a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study. 

Postgraduate training is available to enhance academic and professional development, as well as seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Your English Literature experience

You will study a set number of optional 20-credit modules, before undertaking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in the second part of the English Literature course.

Varied modules include advanced research skills in English, Welsh identities, creative non-fiction, writing radio drama, screenwriting, gender and culture, James Joyce and literary theory, and fiction and power. 

Drama writing is a particular teaching strength, and contains the relatively new and unexplored field of Dramaturgy.

English Literature employment opportunities

You will develop excellent oral and creative writing skills, and learn to present your ideas in a range of formats.

English Literature graduates enter a range of creative industries including publishing, broadcasting, marketing and advertising. They also undertake research degrees and pursue a career in academia.

English Literature modules

You will study a set number of optional 20-credit modules before undertaking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing. Modules include advanced research skills in English, Welsh identities, creative non-fiction, writing radio drama, screenwriting, gender and culture, James Joyce and literary theory, and fiction and power.

Modules on the English Literature course may include:

  • Research Practice in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
  • Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
  • The Romantic Sublime
  • Gender, Genre and the Nation: Women Writing Modern Wales
  • Dylan Thomas and the Rise of Welsh Writing in English
  • Locating Wales: comparative perspectives on Welsh Writing in English
  • Angela Carter
  • James Joyce and Literary Theory
  • Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
  • Modernist writing in London, Paris and New York
  • Discovering Old English
  • The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
  • After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation
  • Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
  • Romance Refracted and novels renewed
  • Narrative genres and theory
  • Explorers, Travel and Geography in the Ancient World
  • Saints and Sinners in Christian Late Antiquity
  • Fascism and Culture
  • Gender and Culture: An introduction
  • Gender and Humour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Gender in Modern European Culture

How you're taught on the English Literature course

The full-time English Literature course comprises three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

The dissertation component draws on issues and themes developed throughout the year, or emerges from a topic of the student's proposing.

Part-time study is available.

English Literature and Creative Writing

Studying English Literature encourages the exploration of one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging of disciplines. It cultivates sensitivity towards language and seeks to answer some provocative questions. Our courses cover the entire range of English literature, from the early-Medieval period to the present day, while also developing your knowledge of critical theory and the diversity of approaches to literature. 

The Creative Writing programme at Swansea is in the top rank of British writing programmes. Led by a team of acclaimed writers, it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in an exceptionally broad spectrum of writing genres and skills. Wales has a rich lyric tradition, and the programme prides itself in combining Welsh, British and international dimensions. It draws students from all over the world – recent participants include people from the USA, Canada, Nigeria, Norway, India, Bhutan, Spain, France, Australia and China. 

Swansea is the birthplace of one of the 20th Century’s greatest poets, Dylan Thomas, and the university runs the annual International Dylan Thomas literary prize – the world’s richest award for writers under 40. This link with the literary industry is at the heart of Swansea’s Creative Writing programme, bringing students into contact with agents, editors, publishers, writers, performers and producers.

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