Our course invites you to join a team of leading scholars. You will think critically about texts as radical interventions in a changing world.
The English Literature MA offers an intellectually challenging, innovative programme of study. It is directly informed by the outstanding research of staff in the School of English. The course emphasis is on key critical developments in literary studies, such as:
- the relation of shifting aesthetic forms to political radicalism
- the biographies of books
- how authors and texts articulate their relationship to shifting geographies of cultural power
- textual editing from manuscript to print to digital platforms
- the sexual politics of public and private life in literature
- the mind, the body and affect as sites of and for representation
- the aesthetics and politics of American and world literatures
The MA moves away from period-based literary studies. Instead, it considers texts in the context of established and emerging scholarship and theory.
The School has an international reputation for high-quality research. It also has a friendly research environment. This makes it the ideal place for postgraduate engagement with major issues in English literary studies from 1500 to the present.
Research and supervision
At Newcastle University we have a range of research interests within English Literature. We produce outstanding research on subjects as chronologically distinct as Chaucer and cyberpunk.
Our work has a geographical range across:
- the British Isles
- the Americas
- Anglophone Africa
We research and offer supervision in all major genres, including:
We also have world-leading expertise in many emerging forms, including:
- life writing
- children's literature
- digital media
Our aim is to combine excellence in established areas of research across a full range of periods and genres, with innovation in critical and textual scholarship. We are particularly keen to:
- investigate the contexts of literary production
- use and develop archival sources
- integrate the critical with the creative work that goes on in the School
We contribute to many research groups in the University, including the:
- Postcolonial Research Group
- Gender Research Group
- Americas Research Group
- Centre for Film and Digital Media
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Along with colleagues from the Universities of Durham, Northumbria and Sunderland we are also key members of the:
The course provides an excellent foundation for doctoral research. It also develops skills that are valuable for a career in:
- the creative and cultural industries
- media and journalism
- heritage management
The course structure allows you to tailor your own programme of study. It includes:
- optional modules
- compulsory research methods modules
- a dissertation of your choice, supervised by an expert in the field
Teaching typically takes place on Tuesdays (11 am-1pm and 4 pm-6 pm) and Thursdays (11 am-1pm and 4 pm-6 pm) during the teaching semesters.
You will choose four 20 credit modules from a range of options (80 credits). Our optional modules are thematically structured and cover literature from the 16th to the 21st centuries.
You will also take two 20 credit compulsory modules. These modules cover major critical issues in the subject of English Literature. They also include training in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research methodologies. This training is essential preparation for your individual research in the MA dissertation.
Our vibrant postgraduate research community enjoy:
- a dedicated workspace
- common room
- excellent computing facilities
You will also benefit from a range of partnerships, which offer archival materials. These include:
- Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books
- The Wordsworth Trust (Dove Cottage)
- Bloodaxe Books
- Northern Stage
- Live Theatre
- Tyneside Cinema
The library also houses the Bloodaxe archive. This is a unique collection of materials relating to one of Britain's leading poetry publishers.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You take five of the following optional modules:
- SEL8533 Radicalisms
- SEL8535 Intermedialities
- SEL8536 Literary Geographies
- SEL8539 Mind, Body, Affect
- SEL8540 Poetology
- SEL8543 Manuscript, Print, Digital
- SEL8675 Children's Literature Studies: Past, Present, Future
The range of optional modules will be different for those studying part-time.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in English literature or English Literature with:
- a modern language
- English language
We will also consider your application if you have an undergraduate degree from another discipline, or have a lower or non-standard qualification. In this case you will need to provide a sample of your work.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199