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English Literary Studies

Our taught MA course offers choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise. You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study. Our commitment to research-led teaching means that students are able to explore the cutting edge of the discipline - from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary crime narrative. We provide an intimate, dynamic and supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and nationalities. Our courses offer up-to-date training in research methods and skills and a wide selection of literature modules from which you choose three; you will also write a dissertation. You will have the opportunity to follow up particular interests by studying a named pathway, or to designate your own area of study within the broad MA in English Literary Studies, tailoring an individual course based on period, theme or genre. An MA in English is often the platform for further research at PhD level, as well as providing an excellent grounding for jobs in education, the arts and the media.

Entry requirements

MA: You will normally require an English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent) from a recognised university. Please use the 'additional comments' section of the application form to provide a personal statement. In addition to your three module choices, you will also need to include a piece of written work of approximately 2,000 words in length on a literary subject. This can be any piece of literary-critical work you have completed recently and may be emailed to the applicant portal. We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications, please contact our International Office.

Course modules

Core Modules: Research Methods and Resources, Dissertation. Optional Modules: Typical modules might include: Old Norse, Warrior Poets in Heroic Societies, Old English Language, Texts and Contexts, Narrative Transformations: Medieval Romance to Renaissance Epic, Middle English Manuscripts and Texts, Issues in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Renaissance Tragedy, Renaissance Humanism, Lyric Poetry of the English Renaissance and Reformation, John Milton: Life, Works and Influence, Women and the Novel in the Eighteenth Century, Reflections on Revolution, 1789-1922, Second-Generation Romantic Poetry, Romantic Forms of Grief, Elegy: From John Milton to Seamus Heaney, Women in Victorian Poetry and Painting, Thinking with Things in Victorian Literature, Literary Masculinity at the Fin-de-Sie`cle, The Literatures of Slavery, Modernism and Touch, S. Eliot, Representing the Self: From Sophocles to the Sopranos, Post-War British Drama, Modern Poetry, The Contemporary US Novel, Blood and Soil: Regionalism and Contemporary US Crime Narrative, Short Fiction Today, Reading As A Writer: The Seminar, The Writing of Poetry.

Assessment methods

All students take 3 optional modules, taught in small seminar groups of up to 10, with each module generating 18 hours of contact time (9 seminars x 2 hours) over the academic year. A strong emphasis is placed on independent research, and seminars usually involve a considerable amount of preparation, including short presentations and workshop activities. Assessment for these modules is usually by coursework essay. All students also register for the Research Methods and Resources module, which generates an additional 20 hours of contact time over the academic year. Again, a strong emphasis is given to independent research. Both pieces of assessed written work for the Research Methods and Resources module involve significant preparation for the MA dissertation (and in some cases for doctoral study later on). The MA dissertation is supported by 3.5 hours of dedicated individual supervision time. Drafts of the dissertation are read and commented upon by the supervisor.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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