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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.
95.3% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based
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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.
Andrew McCabe is the first winner of the John Buchan prize for best dissertation by an MA English student and wants to be a writer in the future.
"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."
It was only after a horrific attack in his own home that Anthony Anderson found the strength to pursue his passion for the written word and study a masters at the University of Sunderland.
"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."
Rosie loved her BA (Hons) English Language and Literature degree so much that she decided to continue the subject into a Masters. It was that choice that led her to a funded doctorate at Dublin City University, Ireland.
"Having previously studied my bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Sunderland, I had no doubt that this was where I wanted to continue my studies further and progress to masters level. I loved it so much, and just had to go back! Throughout my undergraduate degree, the choice and diversity of modules to study was extensive, the support and guidance I received from all members of staff in the English team was superlative, and I knew this would replicate on the Masters course. Programme Leaders Alison and Colin Younger could not have been any more supportive and encouraging, always making sure that all individuals on the course were happy, confident, and, most importantly, enjoying the experience of studying at MA level.
One of the best aspects of this course was the diversity of modules. We were able to learn about subjects such as Late Victorian Gothic, where we studied popular texts such as 'The Picture of Dorian Grey' and 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', to Literature of The Scottish Borders studying Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. The programme also dedicates an entire module to theory, covering every theoretical perspective, including Marxism, Feminism, Postcolonialism, Post-structuralism and Psychoanalysis, which was incredibly beneficial when it came to writing essays and then our dissertations. As mentioned before, the unlimited support and guidance is what makes this course better than any other, not just from the lecturers, but also fellow classmates, who become like a family to you.
I graduated from my Masters course in December 2016, and in July 2017 I was offered a funded PhD at Dublin City University, Ireland, where I am currently in my first year researching the relationship between British author Angela Carter and feminism. I'd definitely recommend the University of Sunderland! I am so happy and proud that I chose to study at Sunderland and you should go ahead and apply, believe in yourself, be confident in your own ability, and the University of Sunderland will help you shine."
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