English Literature MA

English Literature MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months


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
  • India
  • Anglophone Africa

We research and offer supervision in all major genres, including:

  • fiction
  • poetry
  • drama
  • film

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:

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
  • education
  • heritage management
  • publishing


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.

Related Degrees

  • English Language and/or Linguistics MLitt

    The English Language and/or Linguistics MLitt is a Master's level degree that is largely based around your own research interests, preparing you for further research within and beyond academia. You will be fully supported by experts situated in one of the largest centres for linguistics research in Europe.

  • English Literature MLitt

    Our English Literature MLitt allows you to work around your own research interests. It will prepare you for further research within and beyond academia.

All related programmes


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

Module changes

Module changes

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

2018-2019 fees

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.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in English literature or English Literature with:

  • classics
  • history
  • philosophy
  • a modern language
  • English language
  • politics

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

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

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.

Start dates

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.


Sherelle Coulson
Programme Administrator
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199

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