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MA in English

Course Description

From Genesis to JM Coetzee, our MA in English offers you a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study. You will broaden your knowledge and appreciation of different genres, periods, techniques and writers, and the ways in which they have been transmitted and read. You will develop your independent skills in literary research, culminating in a dissertation on a topic and texts of your own choosing. This course can help you pursue or develop a career in the media, culture and knowledge industries, and other professions that require understanding of literature and culture, and skills in the creative use of textual analysis.

Key features of the course

•Explores a wide range of literary texts from ancient times to the present
•Equips you with key research methods in literary study
•Ideal preparation for doctoral level research and for a wide range of careers.


You must pass MA English part 1 before studying MA English part 2.

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules

• MA English part 1 (A815)
• MA English part 2 (A816)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is not available for this qualification.

Visit the MA in English page on the Open University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To successfully undertake this postgraduate study, you will ideally need to have an undergraduate honours degree in English or a closely related subject. You should be aware that a degree of at least 2.1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language testing system (IELTS). Please see their website for details. If you would like help to assess your preparedness you can contact us for advice.

Course Fees

UK £5,762 (fees can vary depending on which modules you choose to make up your qualification).

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