Ulster University

Ulster University

English Literature

The MA in English Literature is aimed at offering students an opportunity to combine a broad-based course of postgraduate study in the field of modern writing in English with a focused interrogation of a selected area of the literary heritage of the English language. In addition, a creative writing pathway provides students interested in using their experience of reading and their literary-critical skills and insights to inform their own writing practice with an opportunity to develop individual writing projects and to reflect, in a self-analytical way, on their own engagement in creative work.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have gained an upper second class Honours degree or better in English Literature or a related discipline, but applicants with a lower second class degree may also be considered. Applicants may alternatively hold an equivalent standard (normally 50 percent) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification. They must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme. All applicants will be interviewed.

Assessment methods

Coursework essays (with some of the assignments designed to test students' ability to deal with text-specific analytical questions, and others focusing on more general synoptic, thematic, or literary-historical issues) and oral presentation assessment, as well as either extended essays or creative writing portfolios and accompanying reflective work. At dissertation/creative project stage, the achievement by students of the learning outcomes is measured by the dissertation/creative writing portfolio.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,995 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,995 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,995 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,995 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coleraine Campus Coleraine BT52 1SA Northern Ireland

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