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Course content

Pursue your own intellectual interests and develop advanced critical thinking and literary analysis skills. Research-active experts in their fields deliver the taught elements, small seminar groups enabling significant individual support and guidance.

A thorough knowledge of 19th century and 20th century texts and contexts, and specific units in Readers and Reading, Literary Pilgrimages, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature allow you to reflect on significant historical, intellectual and philosophical debates. Research Methods develops further skills necessary at postgraduate level.

Building on your interests, a final dissertation project allows you to conduct independent research in a topic of your choosing.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

• Study in a department with vibrant research culture with regular visiting speakers and literary events, on a course informed by the research expertise of a teaching team widely published in their respective fields and receiving consistently high results in the National Student Survey (NSS)
• Explore the wider cultural scope of your studies with specialist field trips to museums, galleries, libraries and archives, giving you the opportunity to study unique primary materials and meet professionals from these institutions
• Develop skills which are invaluable for careers within the media, culture and knowledge industries, giving you career opportunities in advertising and marketing; arts and heritage management; broadcasting; business; communication and public relations; education, either as a primary or a secondary school teacher; journalism; librarianship or publishing
• Gain access to the Hockliffe and the Cinderella Collections, amongst the most important archives of children’s literature in the UK
• Benefit from acquiring the essential skills to enable you to progress doctoral level studies with an MPhil or PhD research degree.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/english-literature#entry

Course detail

This course is distinctive for the interdisciplinary and innovative ways in which it allows you to pursue your own intellectual interests and to develop advanced skills of critical thinking and literary analysis.

It is structured so that you acquire a thorough knowledge of nineteenth and twentieth-century texts and contexts, undertaken in two 30 credit units, accompanied by a more thematically focused approach in three 15 credit units: Readers and Reading, Literary Pilgrimages, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature.


• Research Methods
• Feeling Victorian
• Literary Pilgrimages
• Dissertation
• Literature and Modernity in the long twentieth century
• Children’s and Young Adult Literature
• Readers and Reading


The setting of assessed seminar papers within the taught units enables you and your peers to take control of an aspect of the topic under discussion in any given week. This means that you are expected to structure the subsequent discussions to some extent through the framework you provide and as such involves a certain amount of teamwork.

Extended essays enable you to undertake more in-depth research into a given author or topic, while the review of an article is designed to help you engage effectively with critical debates in the field.

As a postgraduate student you are an important part of the University’s research culture and you will be required to attend research seminars given by staff and visiting speakers. In response to one of these sessions you will write a report that will contribute to your portfolio for the Research Methods unit.

The Dissertation enables you to manage your own learning in an environment which develops the work laid down in the taught units and acts as a step towards managing and realising individual projects in future employment or towards tackling a more substantial research project at higher degree level.


The Course Coordinator and unit tutors will be able to advise you about the potential for higher degree study once you have completed your MA. Members of staff will also be able to advise you about opportunities for internships and work experience to complement your academic activities.

The Careers and Employability Service is also in a position to advise you about new and enhanced career directions available to you at the different exit points from the course.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MA English Literature page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!





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