English Literature MLitt

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The MLitt is a tailor-made programme with taught and research-based elements. It provides an ideal opportunity to explore and develop interests in English literature, while gaining a qualification that can act as a foundation for PhD research, enhance professional career prospects by developing specific skills, or satisfy a desire to study literature in depth. It is also possible to incorporate elements of creative writing in this programme.

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The MLitt incorporates a formal research training component where you will develop your research skills and methodologies. You also complete a number of detailed research assignments chosen according to your interests and experience, and undertake a dissertation of 16,000-24,000 words consisting of a sustained piece of original research. Study consists mainly of seminars, tutorials and independent learning supported by research training.

Dissertation supervision is available in the following areas: Renaissance and early modern literature and culture; late-eighteenth century and Romantic-period studies; nineteenth-century literature; Modernism; modern and contemporary British writing; American literature and culture; postcolonial studies, children's literature, and gender studies.

You may also attend lectures and seminars on other postgraduate taught modules (without assessment) with the permission of the module convener.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

Preferably an upper-second-class Honours degree or international equivalent. 

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. International students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

A research proposal or sample composition should be included with your application. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Programme Administrator
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199
Email: pg.english@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of English Literature, Language and Creative Writing.