University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

English Studies

This course gives students the opportunity to specialise simultaneously in several areas of English studies: modern English literature, modern English language and medieval literature and language; the course is particularly suitable for those students who wish to broaden the range of their experiences as undergraduates without losing the focus and depth which characterises postgraduate study; students are required to take relevant core skills modules chosen from 2 of the 3 subject areas: modern literature; modern English language; medieval language and literature; in addition, students select at least a further 15 credits from the list of modules in each of their chosen subject areas; the remaining credits may be taken from any area of the course programme to bring the total of taught credits to 120.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in relevant linguistic and/or literary studies; transcripts required; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS band 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element), or TOEFL IBT:100 with no less than 21 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking and 21 in writing.

Course modules

Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Quantitative and Qualitative (15 credits);Business and Organisational Communication (15 credits);Grammar in the Classroom (15 credits); Second Language Acquisition (15 credits); Intercultural Communication (15 credits);Research Methods in Literary Linguistics (15 credits);Narratology (15 credits); Dickens and Language (15 credits); Language Teaching - Speaking and Listening (15 credits). Drama and Creative Writing modules: Fiction: Form and Context (15 credits); Poetry: Form and Context (15 credits); Literature post-1500 modules: Textualities: Defining and using text (30 credits); Literary Histories (30 credits); Modernism and the Avant-Garde in Literature and Drama (30 credits). Medieval Language and Literature modules: Old English Texts I (15 credits);Old Norse Texts I (15 credits);Old English in History I (15 credits); Reading Old Icelandic Literature (15 credits); The Hammer and the Cross: Religion in the Viking Age (15 credits). English Language and Applied Linguistics modules: English Vocabulary: Teaching and Learning (15 credits); Psychology of Language (15 credits); Cognition and Literature (15 credits); Consciousness in Fiction (15 credits); Sociolinguistics of Work (15 credits); Assessment in the Language Classroom (15 credits). Drama and Creative Writing modules: Creative Writing Workshop (30 credits); Creative Writing Conventions and Techniques (30 credits); Performance: Contexts and Frameworks (15 credits); Shakespeare, Space, and Place (15 credits). Literature post-1500 modules: Speculative Fictions (30 credits); Literature in Britain Since 1950 (30 credits); Place, Region, Empire (30 credits); Early Performance Cultures (30 credits). Medieval Language and Literature modules: Old English Texts II (15 credits); Old Norse Texts II (15 credits); The Study of Place-Names (30 credits);The Language of Stones: Runes and Runic Inscriptions (15 credits); Medievalism (15 credits); Old English in History II (15 credits); Virtual Viking: the Irish Sea Littoral (15 credits).

Sponsorship information

AHRB, School scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,920 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,420 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands
On line/Distance Learning

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Team
Telephone number: 
0115 951 5559