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  • Broaden and deepen your critical engagement with English and American literature and its contexts.
  • Access the exclusive Special Collections of The John Rylands Library, which holds one of the world's largest William Caxton collections, Shakespeare's First Folio and the original archives of Elizabeth Gaskell and Ted Hughes.
  • Explore a wide range of cultural assets in Manchester, a UNESCO City of Literature.
  • Attend literary events throughout the year thanks to our Literature Live reading series - which attracts speakers such as Martin Amis, Seamus Heaney, Hilary Mantel and Audrey Niffenegger - and Manchester Literature Festival.

Course description

Our MA English and American Studies postgraduate taught course prepares you for further research in the discipline while also broadening and deepening your critical engagement with English and American literature and culture.

The structure of the course is flexible, which means you can choose to combine your interests in English and American culture, or focus more exclusively on one or the other.

Our department provides a thriving environment, with our vibrant research culture, close links to the Centre for New Writing, involvement in the Manchester Literature Festival and access to the world-class John Rylands Library.

While this course offers you a range of units that are chronologically or geographically specific, all are informed by recent theoretical and historical developments that allow you to think about categories like literature, culture and history in nuanced and fresh ways.

Special features

Literature events

Manchester Literature Festival holds literary events across Manchester throughout the year, many in partnership with the University. The Centre for New Writing also hosts a regular public event series, Literature Live, which brings contemporary novelists and poets to the University to read and engage in conversation.

Unique collections

J ohn Rylands Library on Deansgate is part of the University and offers the rare opportunity to see a Gutenberg bible, Shakespeare folios and other archival treasures.

Godfrey Kearns Bursary for American Studies dissertations

A bursary is available to students on this course who are writing their master's dissertation on a topic relating to American Studies, which can be used for travel to conduct research, expenses for archival work or travel to a workshop/event related to the dissertation topic.

Teaching and learning

Depending on the units you take, you will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including seminars, film screenings, research workshops and e-learning.

You will also attend seminars on topics such as how to study at MA level, how to research and write a master's thesis, and career options.

Coursework and assessment

Depending on the units you take, you will be assessed through methods such as written assignments and presentations, as well as the dissertation.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of their course, many English postgraduates go on or return to jobs as teachers or librarians, continue their research, or go on to academic jobs.

Career paths are extremely varied, and other English postgraduates go on or return to careers in law, publishing and retailing, as well as into many other fields.

Visit the MA English Literature and American Studies page on the The University of Manchester website for more details!




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