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Department of English Studies

Taught Degrees

English Studies (MA)

This programme allows you to specialise in a particular area of English Literature, choosing the modules that interest you the most. You can either choose our broad MA in English Literary Studies, or a more focused pathway. We also offer a Creative Writing MA, information for which appears separately here.

You'll be studying with acknowledged experts in the subject, and will write a dissertation on the subject of your choice. Durham is one of the best English Departments in the country, offering the opportunity to study at the highest level in a beautiful environment.

Formal Pathways

The MA in English Literary Studies is sufficiently flexible to allow you to combine modules informally, focussing on areas you find most interesting. Possibilities might include: American literature; fiction and prose writing; literature, race and gender; genre studies; political and social contexts of literature.

  • MA in English Literary Studies

As well as the Literary Studies MA, we offer a choice of four formal pathways, allowing you to tailor your degree accordingly:

  • MA in Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies
  • MA in Romantic and Victorian Literary Studies
  • MA in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies
  • MA in Studies in Poetry

Requirements and objectives

You will:

  • Complete the core Research Methods and Resources module.
  • Study a total of 3 further modules.
  • Complete a dissertation on an approved subject of your choice.

The aims of the Taught MA are to offer you training in the research methods of English Literary Studies, and to enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject area. Ultimately the programme will prepare you for independent research at a higher degree level.

One of the main strengths of our Taught MA is that it provides choice and flexibility, reflecting our rich variety of research expertise, and also giving you the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of literary study.

Timescale: 1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time (commences in October).

Funding Opportunities

click here to find out what postgraduate funding is available within the Arts & Humanites Faculty and how you can apply for it.