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MA English Literary Studies (with specialist pathways)

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We are one of the strongest English departments in the UK with an excellent reputation for high quality research. Our Postgraduate students are an important part of our research community, and if you choose to join us at Exeter then you will be too.

There are many reasons why you might choose our English Literary Studies MA. If you are thinking about taking your study of English to the next level in preparation for a PhD then our Department has the knowledge to give you the high level training you need to set you on that path. If you are a recent graduate looking to stand out in the job market, already working but want to develop further, or simply looking to take your passion for English to the next level then we have the strength and depth of specialisms to fit your interests.

Our Library and Special Collections offer modern study facilities and a vast amount of original source material, and if you’re interested in film or visual culture then the on-site Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is an invaluable resource.

You can choose to study one of the specialist pathways we have chosen to match the Department’s strengths or you can take an open pathway and tailor your own programme from our wide range of modules.

Specialist pathways include:


Each Pathway has compulsory and optional modules some of these are listed here;

  • The Cultures of American Modernism;
  • Beyond the Border: The Politics of Place in Contemporary North American Literature and Culture;
  • Criticism and Theory: Critical and Literary Theory in a Global Context;
  • Revival and Return: Using the Past from Pope to Keats;
  • Body and Identity; Sense, Sensation, and Cinema;
  • Hearing Film: Film Sound and Music;
  • Country City and Court Renaissance Literature 1558-1618;
  • Bodies Politic: Cultural and Sexual Politics in England, 1603-85;
  • From Orientalism to Globalization: Debates in Postcolonial Studies;
  • Beyond the Border: The Politics of Place in Contemporary North American Literature and Culture;
  • Making Progress? Literature in a Changing Environment 1830-1870
  • Empire, Decadence and Modernity: Literature 1870-1910.

Constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the Department website at http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/ .


In recent years the positions some of our graduates have gone on to include: Copywriter; Marketing Assistant; Assistant Editor; Publishing Assistant; Editorial Assistant; Freelance Journalist and Writer

Visit the MA English Literary Studies (with specialist pathways) page on the University of Exeter website for more details!






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