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Pursue your love of literature at an advanced level, study modules on topics from the Renaissance to the modern day, and gain research skills that will help you stand out to employers or progress to a PhD. Our Masters course is ideal if you want to advance your teaching career or begin the move into academia.

  • Join an ideal course to advance your teaching career or begin the move into academia
  • Gain a broad understanding of English literature on modules from the Renaissance to the modern day
  • Tailor the course to meet your own interests, with optional modules including novel writing and publishing.
  • Develop research skills that will help you stand out to employers or progress to a PhD

With an overall focus on literature, politics and social change, our MA English Literature will equip you to engage with the interface between literature and society. By reading and contextualising a wide range of texts within their critical, cultural and historical contexts, you will be encouraged to evaluate the ideas of others and develop your own critical perspectives and areas of specialised knowledge.

You will develop skills and knowledge through a range of teaching and learning methods and by producing essays, presentations, annotated bibliographies, review essays, dissertation proposals, and a major research project in the form of a dissertation. The skills you learn will provide new directions for future employment and form the basis for further study.

The course focuses on three periods of literary history: the Renaissance, the ‘long’ nineteenth century and the 20th/21st century. Each of the three period-based modules is structured around ideas of politics and social change. The fourth module is a research methods module, which will equip you with the skills needed to complete your dissertations.

You will study in a lively and intellectual department with a long tradition of teaching excellence and an international reputation for research.

Careers

This course will give you the higher-level skills to stand out in today’s competitive job market.

If you are a teacher, you could study with us to update your knowledge and further your existing career, or even move into another discipline. Or, if you are hoping to move on to an academic post, this course will give you the research skills you will need for a PhD.

Core modules

  • Major Project
  • Shakespeare and Society
  • Revolution and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Twentieth and Twenty First Century Fiction and Social Change
  • Research Methods - English Literature

Specialist facilities

You’ll be able to access the world-class library at the University of Cambridge as well as our own campus library, plus electronic resources including Early English Books Online and JSTOR, an interdisciplinary archive of academic journals, books and primary sources.

Events and short courses

We organise many extra-curricular activities include an annual three-day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, poetry and writing evenings, and research symposia and conferences. You can also join societies through the Student Union, such as the Creative Writing or Harry Potter society.

You will be able to take our publishing and editing short courses at a discounted price, including:

Course Leader: Dr Elizabeth Ludlow.


Visit the English Literature - MA page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

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