Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

English Studies

There are 3 routes: You can choose a specialised pathway (contemporary literature and film or the gothic) or a general route, selecting from the core units and electives to construct a Master's level experience reflecting your own interests in the further study of English. Online distance learning available for the Gothic route (part-time).

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper 2nd Class undergraduate UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related humanities subject, including a basic grounding in literature, film or critical theory.

Course modules

You will either take 2 mandatory core units in one of the 2 dedicated pathways with 2 elective units which are shared across the pathways or, if you opt for the general route, then you can choose any 2 of the core units from each of the two strands as well as 2 elective units. The gothic route core units: The rise of the gothic; gothic and modernity; contemporary literature and film core units: Representing contemporary cultures (1); representing contemporary cultures (2); Indicative areas of study available for all routes: Research skills; dissertation preparation; dissertation; contemporary gothic writing; contemporary queer cultures; contemporary women's fiction; contemporary Irish culture; ethics in theory; Fin-de-siecle gothic; American gothic literature; American screen gothic: society, selfhood and national identity; border fictions: nationhood and contemporary US culture.

Assessment methods

The programme is examined mainly through written work, with an essay of around 4000 words (or equivalent) in each unit usually forming the basis of that assessment; all MA students submit a Dissertation of around 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

Key information

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