University of York

University of York

English Literary Studies

There are no compulsory modules on this course; you simply choose the 4 modules which interest you most. It thus provides exceptional opportunities if you want to work across different literary periods and genres. Options range from modules on poetry or drama from the medieval to the modern, to modules on gender or space from the Renaissance through to the postmodern. You could choose some of our modules on film or postcolonial studies, or, in some cases, select an option module from another department (such as history, politics or philosophy) and enrich your options even further.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained upper 2nd Class Honours, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Available option modules may include: American cinematic myths of landscape and city; American fiction since 1970; British literary orientalism's in the long 18th Century; classical presences in early modern culture; cold war culture (literature, film and theory in cold war Europe); cultures of life writing; England in Europe (from 'Beowulf' to the 'Roman d'Eneas'); 4 nations of British poetry (1848-1939); the global 18th Century (an introduction); Henry James; imagining Muslims (representations of Muslims in Britain); literature, language and power in the age of the Angevin (c.1154-c.1216); major middle English authors; modern Arabic literature; the politics of modernism; postcolonial studies; questioning the Victorians (texts, contexts and afterlives); reading modernity; reading the Renaissance; rebels, riots and religion in the 1840s; the reformation and the stage; religion and the book; representing London, 1750-1850; romantic texts and contexts; Samuel Beckett's drama and beyond; Shakespeare; South African literatures; strangers to ourselves (Dickens and Collins); textual criticism and codicology; theatres of revenge; Viking poetry; writing the body.

Assessment methods

Four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each. A 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


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 York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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