Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London

English Studies (English Literature)

The course asks students to reflect on some crucial questions: how have ideas about literature and literary value changed over time? What effects do innovations in printing and publishing have on writing? To what extent do political and social factors condition and define authorial identities and practices? In answering these questions students consider the relationship between literatures from a variety of historical periods.

Entry requirements

A 1st or good Upper 2nd Class Honours (or equivalent) in a Humanities discipline (for example drama, English, history, or philosophy). Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5. Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at Master's level are encouraged to apply. Applicants may be invited to interview or asked to submit examples of written and/or creative work. Applications from mature and non-traditional students are welcome.

Course modules

Modules include: production of texts in context; resources for research; plus optional modules.

Assessment methods

Written essays of 4,000 words, practical projects, and performances. Students are able to formulate their own projects in consultation with module convenors. 15,000 word dissertation (either a single critical essay, or a combination of the student's own poetry accompanied by a critical commentary).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Mile End Tower Hamlets E1 4NS South East

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