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Course content

The MA in English Literature offers an exciting and challenging course of graduate study covering a range of periods and genres from the Renaissance to the Contemporary.

The course enables you to develop subject expertise at an advanced level, and carry out independent research projects in your own areas of interest.

The core compulsory module provides a secure grounding in the key methods and critical contexts of postgraduate study. Elective modules cover the full range of periods and genres offered by the Department, while Independent Study Modules and the Dissertation offer the chance to pursue a personalised project matching your interests.

Why choose this course?

  • A curriculum that allows you to study either a broad range of literary texts, or specialise in periods and genres from the Renaissance to the present day 
  • You have the opportunity to study with internationally-renowned scholars who regularly publish in their field.
  • You have access to a state-of-the-art learning environment, and use of Oxford's world-famous Bodleian Library.
  • You have access to the Man Booker Prize archive, based here at Oxford Brookes.
  • Oxford is a vibrant student city that has much on offer, including the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, Modern Art Oxford and a wide range of lively food and music cultural events.
  • The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is home to a thriving poetry community. 

Teaching and learning

The MA course is taught through small-group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. Classes are held in the evenings, with sessions running from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. 

Part-time students attend the University one evening per week and should be able to devote an additional 12-15 hours per week to private study. 

Full-time students attend classes on two evenings per week and spend 30 hours per week in private study. 

Approach to assessment

Assessment is entirely by written work and occasional oral presentations. There are no examinations.

Specialist facilities

Oxford Brookes houses the Booker Prize Archive and has research and teaching strengths in fiction, drama, and poetry.

Our virtual learning portals provide core materials relating to learning and assessment online. These include lecture schedules, module guides, supporting materials, guidelines and criteria for coursework along with notes on essay writing and report presentation.

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre hosts a range of readings and research presentations, and regularly includes world class poets and researchers in its activities.

In addition to Oxford Brookes’ own specialised library collections, our MA students get full reader access to the Bodleian Library, one of the most important research collections in the world.


Visit the MA/PGDip/PGCert English Literature page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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