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The English team at Canterbury Christ Church University is based in the School of Humanities and has a proven track record of excellent supervision by active and internationally acclaimed academic researchers. It has an established and vibrant postgraduate community.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/english-literature.aspx

An MA in English is increasingly regarded as a valuable extension of undergraduate study in that it:

• offers you an anticipated edge in the professional job market;
• enhances applications for teacher training where advanced specialist knowledge can be an asset. The PGCE English team in the Education department at Canterbury Christ Church University strongly encourages students to gain an MA before applying for the PGCE;
• provides essential postgraduate experience for you if you intend to continue your study of literature at MPhil/PhD level;
• provides a period of literary study if you wish to take a career break.

Course detail

The course offers opportunities to those who wish to pursue an eclectic generalist programme of modules and to those who seek specialisation in particular areas of literary study. You'll therefore enrol on one of four pathways:

• MA in English Literature
• MA in English (Literatures of Childhood)
• MA in English (Literatures Victorian and Modern)
• MA in English (Literatures Medieval and Early Modern)

For more details on pathways please contact the School of Humanities.


The MA in English Literature is aimed at anyone interested in studying literature in depth. Our students usually include recent graduates wishing to continue their studies and mature students returning to literary studies after a longer or shorter time of pursuing other interests.


Term one
• Imagining England: Landscape and Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (20 credits)
• Modern and Contemporary Literature of Childhood (20 credits)
• Victorian Crime Fiction (20 credits)

Term two
• Case Studies in Early Modern Literature (20 credits)
• Classic Children’s Literature (20 credits)
• Literature of the Fin de Siècle (20 credits)
• Literature and War from 1914 to the Present (20 credits)


Learning and teaching is predominantly by two-hour seminars designed to facilitate scholarly debate on specific topics and texts. Individual tutorials are also offered to students in all modules, and individual supervision forms an essential part of work on the dissertation.


Assessment is mainly by a range of written coursework including research essays and a 15,000-word dissertation. There are no exams.

What can I do next?

This programme is a significant qualification in its own right, but if you wish to pursue further study it will also give you an opportunity to progress to an MPhil/ PhD or take a PGCE.

The research and writing skills you'll gain, together with the specialist disciplinary knowledge developed during the course, will enhance your employability and can provide an invaluable grounding for careers in teaching, media and journalism, publishing and marketing.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx


-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

Visit the MA English Literature page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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