University of Leeds

University of Leeds

English Literature

This diverse and flexible programme offers you a wide array of choice to explore the wealth of literature in English across periods and geographies. Whether you want to pursue the interests developed during your degree, fill gaps in your knowledge or prepare for a future in research, you will have opportunities to sharpen your research skills and specialise in aspects of literary studies that suit your interests. You can bring together English, American and postcolonial literatures to create an eclectic mix of research-led modules, from Arthurian legend and medieval Scandinavian sagas to Shakespeare and psychoanalysis. It is also a good starting point for exploring wide-ranging research interests that cut across periods and cultures. You will be taught by tutors who are expert researchers in their fields and benefit from access to our world-class Library and Special Collections.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in English literature or a related subject. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.

Course modules

Core modules: Studying English (research methods); research project. Optional modules: Post-colonial representations; romantic identities (literary constructions of the self, 1789-1821); Graham Greene; Arthurian legend (medieval to modern); Africas of the mind; reading (with) psychoanalysis; modernism and mass culture; the Brontes; fictions of citizenship in contemporary American literature; the enigmatic body of modernism; Shakespeare and gender; Shakespeare's tyrants; poetry of catastrophe (reading Paul Celan); global indigeneity; apprentices to life (the 19th-century Bildungsroman); feeling time; romantic ecologies; imperial masculinities (late-Victorian romance fiction); the African American tradition (8 major works).

Assessment methods

Most of the School's modules are assessed with a single essay of around 4,000 words, which you will submit at the end of the semester. You will usually also be required to submit unassessed essays to gain feedback on your work and give presentations on your reading in seminars. The research project/dissertation is 12,000-15,000 words in length.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of English
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0113 343 4738