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Full time & Part time October MA 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

Immerse yourself in literature. Indulge your curiosity of language. Broaden your creative abilities and your career prospects.


MA English combines the study of literatures, linguistics, critical theory and creative writing. Studying English at postgraduate level will allow you to immerse yourself in literature from 1660 to the present day, while also studying linguistic theory and developing your own writing abilities.

You will develop your skills in analysis, reasoning and communication, creating an excellent foundation for either a communication-based career or further academic study.

  • Stand out to employers with a well-respected postgraduate qualification
  • Gain publishing experience with Spectral Visions Press
  • MA English Studies achieved a 100% overall satisfaction rating (from

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Entry Requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent.

If your first language isn't English, you must achieve an Academic IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in all elements.

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Student Profile(s)

Andrew McCabe

It was interesting, and it was nice to go more in-depth than you do as an undergraduate student. It's opened my eyes to new areas of literature that I'd be interested to read.

The faculty are second to none and they really do go out on a limb to help. It's very diverse. The modules that you study, and the people who teach them – it's their life work, you're not going to get anything anywhere else that's better.

Anthony Anderson

I chose to study at the University of Sunderland because the expertise of the faculty aligned with my interests and areas of academia I wished to pursue. I wanted to further my knowledge and expertise around English as a subject before heading into teaching. I was working full-time prior to returning to academia.

The best aspects of the course include the debates in lectures and the opportunity to research ideas that you’re passionate about. I recommend anyone wanting to study MA English Studies to have a plan, do your research, develop a strong work ethic and most importantly, believe in your ability.

Since graduation, I have been accepted onto the PhD programme at Sunderland and aim to teach after graduation. My experience at the University of Sunderland has been inspirational and life-changing.

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