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MA Literature


Course Description

The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies combine expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your postgraduate study.

MA Literature is our flagship course. Two of your five modules are compulsory: The Study of Literature Today acts as an introduction to the study of literature at graduate level and as a focal point for all our students on this course, while Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis offers essential training in the skills and methodology necessary to succeed at this, and higher, levels of graduate research.

Beyond that, our course is characterised by a high degree of choice, with room for you to focus on specialist interests, such as US literature or Shakespeare, or to sample from different areas. You graduate with textual and analytical skills that are relevant to a wide range of future careers.

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

(Student Profile)

Wendy McMahon

“I have always had a passion for literature which led me to doing my Phd in LIterature. was I really enjoyed my time at Essex when I was completing my undergraduate degree and I chose to return to complete my PhD study because of the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies’ comparative and interdisciplinary nature.

What I enjoyed most was the independence I had whilst completing my research. The Department houses a wide range of expertise and provides a lively intellectual space within which to engender your own research.

The University of Essex has such a strong sense of community. Whilst at Essex I took every opportunity that the Department offered, whether it be training, the opportunity to present work, or social engagements. I would always advise others to do the same as I gained so much from these experiences.

My best memory of my time at Essex has to be when I presented my first research paper at a departmental seminar, it gave me a real sense of achievement.

Since completing my PhD I have been appointed as a Lecturer in American Studies within the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. My PhD study provided me with the fundamental training required for me to forge and pursue my desired academic career.


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Entry Requirements

2.1 or above in appropriate discipline; IELTS 7.0.

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