An MA in English is increasingly regarded as a valuable extension from undergraduate study in that it goes beyond a “baseline” BA qualification by:
--offering students an anticipated edge in the professional job market;
--enhancing applications for teacher training where advanced specialist knowledge can be an asset;
--providing necessary postgraduate experience for students who intend to continue their study of literature at MPhil/PhD level;
--providing a year of literary study for those who wish to take a career break.
Intended to meet the needs of students who have a passion for English literature and wish to extend their undergraduate study by engaging in further fast-track study leading to a Master’s qualification, our MA is designed as a one-year full-time programme. (In some years a part-time route may be available-please check our website for details).
The MA timetable has been designed to enable concentration of seminars within two days (Monday and Tuesday) to offer flexibility with students’ other commitments.
Our MA 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. Students, therefore, enrol on one of three pathways.
MA IN ENGLISH LITERATURE The MA in English Literature pathway enables students to select from a range of modules and work in a variety of areas either not covered in their undergraduate choices, or which they desire more deeply to examine. Contributing tutors are acknowledged experts in their specialisms.
MA IN ENGLISH: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE The MA in English: Children's Literature focuses on key areas within children’s literature and draws on the department’s long-established reputation in this field. Our 1981 introduction of an undergraduate module in Children’s Literature made us one of the earliest English departments, nationally or internationally, to offer modules in this rapidly expanding and popular field of study.
MA IN ENGLISH: LITERATURES VICTORIAN AND MODERN The MA in English: Literatures Victorian and Modern attends to specific genres, types, and sub-periods of literature within the consistently popular Victorian and Modern periods. It differs from period-based MAs in other institutions by offering modules in specific literary types rather than generalist or panoramic treatments of period.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE All MA students complete “Issues, Scholarship and Method in Literary Research” 1 and 2, four option modules, and produce a 15,000-word dissertation. Taught modules run for one term each. The dissertation is completed during Term 3 and the summer.
MLS4ISM1: Issues, Scholarship and Method in Literary Research 1
MLS4ISM2: Issues, Scholarship and Method in Literary Research 2
MLS4CMCL: Classics of Modern Children’s Literature *#
MLS4NCCL: Nineteenth-century Children’s Literature *#
MLS4VCF: Victorian Crime Fiction #
MLS4LFS: Literature of the Fin de Siècle #
MLS4LWTC: Literature and War in the Twentieth Century #
MLS4LYAF: Young Adult Fiction *#
PATHWAY REQUIREMENTS Students taking the MA in English Literature pathway can choose any four options and may write their dissertation on an approved topic in any area of English literature.
Students taking the MA in English: Children's Literature pathway must take at least two of the modules marked * over the course of the year and complete their dissertation on an approved topic in children’s literature.
Students taking the MA in English: Literatures Victorian and Modern pathway must take at least two of the modules marked # over the course of the year and complete their dissertation on an approved topic in Victorian and/or Modern literatures.
Please see our website for further details. The Programme Convenor welcomes enquiries about any aspect of the programme.