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Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

This innovative programme gives you the opportunity to explore your literary interests from the medieval period through to present day.

Studying English Literature at postgraduate level opens up a whole host of vibrant and intellectually stimulating avenues to explore. Our unique programme draws on the wide-ranging research expertise of our staff in order to develop your critical and analytical skills in the field of literary and cultural studies. 

This programme will provide a solid grounding in the key intellectual debates within the scholarship surrounding a range of period and context specialisms, introduce you to the latest research in the field, and support your development of the skills required for writing a dissertation.

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Entry Requirements

You should already have completed an honours degree in English Literature or in a cognate subject with a heavy literary element, with at least a high upper-second-class (65 or above) result, or a 3.5/4.0 GPA. All successful candidates must have a very high competence in written English, and are assumed to have extensive undergraduate exposure to literary studies in English across a broad historical range.

All prospective students must also submit a sample of written work as part of the online application process.

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Birmingham


Student Profile(s)

Meheret Asfaha

Meheret was born in Ethiopia, but received the majority of her education in the UK. She’s currently on a scholarship funded MA in Literature and Culture at the University of Birmingham. Meheret obtained her undergraduate BA English Literature degree in September 2015 and decided to pursue her masters as a platform to a career in Higher Education. She is bilingual and can speak fluent Italian.

Meheret is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page:

Isabella Atkins

Why did you choose English Literature at the University of Birmingham?
“I chose to study MA Literature and Culture at the University of Birmingham because of the broad range of modules the course offers. Whilst I was able to specialise my choices around popular culture, I was also able to select extra modules to explore my wider interests, such as medieval literature. I was happy to be able to pursue a research area that I love whilst still expanding my knowledge.”

What has been the highlight of your course?
“My favourite module this year has been the Evolutions of Popular Culture module. Across eleven weeks we got to explore everything from Greek mythology and medieval romance to Chick Lit and Marvel comics. It was fantastic to have so much free reign over my end-of-module assignment. I was also encouraged to find new texts and authors I might have never otherwise encountered.”

What have you learnt from your programme?
“Over the course of my master’s year I feel that the work I have produced has rapidly improved. The feedback from staff I receive is always lengthy and constructive, and I’m always left with the knowledge on how to improve my future assignments. I have become so much more confident and independent in my research and writing abilities this year. Particularly, the course has encouraged me to undertake more independent work in archives, which I now love doing!”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?
“The University offers so many fantastic opportunities for social fun as well as work. This year as a department we have been on trips to the RSC at Stratford-Upon-Avon, archive trips, hosted a Christmas quiz, a Results Day celebration party and had frequent cafe socials for Master’s students. It’s been wonderful to be able to spend time with other postgraduate students and really get to feel part of the student community.”


The College of Arts and Law is pleased to offer a number of Home fees-only scholarships for candidates wishing to study full- and part-time masters-level courses from September 2023.

Applications are welcome from UK, EU and Overseas students wishing to study any discipline within the College's five schools:

English, Drama, American and Creative Studies
History and Cultures
Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
Philosophy, Theology and Religion

Value of Scholarship(s)

One year's tuition fees at Home rates


These awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas students, studying full-time or part-time campus-based masters-level programmes in the College of Arts and Law.

They are available to students who commence their study at the start of the 2023 academic year. These awards are not available to current Masters students.

International students are eligible to apply, and will receive a reduction in tuition fees equivalent to the Home rate if successful.

Applications for funding can only be considered alongside an application to study.

Application Procedure

In order to apply, you must have completed an application to study. You will then need to complete our online funding application form. Your application must also be supported by two references.

For detailed advice and to complete the online funding application and funding reference forms, please visit our College of Arts and Law scholarships how to apply page.

The deadline for applying is Monday 3 April 2023 at 4pm.

By applying, you will be automatically considered for relevant College of Arts and Law scholarships. Only complete applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.

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