Our English Literature MLitt allows you to work around your own research interests. It will prepare you for further research within and beyond academia. Our specialist areas include: Medieval and early modern literature; eighteenth-century and Romantic literature; Victorian literature; post-colonial literatures; children's literature and theatre studies.
Our course is an individually tailored research master's degree that contains some taught modules, independently conducted research assignments and a larger research dissertation at the end. The topics are chosen by you, in consultation with your supervisor.
- Medieval and early modern literature
- eighteenth-century and Romantic literature
- Victorian literature
- fin de siècle and modernism
- post-colonial literatures
- American literature and culture
- children's literature
- theatre studies
We will encourage you to undertake placements, including archive work offered by our various partner institutions. Our partners include the Wordsworth Trust and Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books. You will also be part of the rich research culture in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and may participate in and lead events for our research groups.
80% of our research was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the last Research Assessment Exercise. This cutting edge research lies at the heart of our postgraduate teaching.
This course is primarily taught on our city centre campus, although some sessions are sometimes based with partner institutions such as the Wordsworth Trust.
Your contact and study times vary across modules although teaching typically includes seminars, tutorials, presentations, visits and independent learning. Where a number of people are working in a similar area we can offer small group tuition from research experts in the field.
The course gives you the flexibility to design a programme of study according to your own research interests. For example, you might choose to write four shorter research assignments of 6,000 words or two longer ones of 12,000 words. Whichever path you take, your learning will be supported through one-to-one supervision with a research specialist.
The course is made up of 180 credits:
- 20 credits for research training modules
- 80 credits for research assignments with a combined length of 16-24,000 words
- 80 credits for a 16-24,000-word dissertation, which is written in the spring/summer for full time students or in the second year for part time students
You may also attend lectures and seminars (not the assessments) for approved taught postgraduate modules.
Here are some examples of how your programme of study could be structured, in different research areas and with research assignments of different lengths:
MLitt in Children's Literature
- Research Training Assignment
- Research Assignment 1: 6,000 words, Ideology in the children's book
- Research Assignment 2: 6,000 words, Real Children in Jan Marks' Thunder and Lightnings and Robert Westall's The Machine Gunners
- Research Assignment 3: 12,000 words, Children Alone: Independent Child Characters in Philip Pullman and David Almond
- Dissertation: 16-24,000 words, Representing the Real Child: Social Realism in Selected Children's Literature, 1970s-1990s
MLitt in Early Modern and Renaissance Literature
- Research Training Assignment
- Research Assignment 1: 12,000 words, The Gendered Body in Female Poetic Subjectivity
- Research Assignment 2: 12,000 words, The Trope of Childbirth in Early Modern Women's Writing
- Dissertation: 24,000 words, The Creative Womb: The Construction of the Womb in Early Modern Medicine and Literature
MLitt in Drama and Theatre Studies
- Research Training Assignment
- Research Assignment 1: 6,000 words, The Material Theatre: Reading Bodies, Space and the Rehearsal Process
- Research Assignment 2: 6,000 words, Patterns of Repetition in Greyscale's Gods Are Fallen and All Safely Gone
- Research Assignment 3: 6,000 words, Come Again? Iteration and Narrative Structure in Contemporary British Theatre
- Research Assignment 4: 6,000 words, Assignment attached to placement at Northern Stage
- Dissertation: 24,000 words, Once More, From the Top: The Rehearsal Process as a Form of Collective Authorship in Contemporary British Theatre
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.
We are based in the Percy Building where the majority of your seminars and tutorials will take place. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes several dedicated computer clusters, meeting rooms, a kitchen and lounge area.
You also have access to the award-winning Philip Robinson Library, which offers excellent resources for archival research in the Special Collections. There are also collections that you can use at Newcastle City Library and the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society.
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Training & Skills
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
- SEL8674 Research Methods (Literature)
- SEL8148 English MLitt Research Assignments
- SEL8149 English MLitt Dissertation
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
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.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.
Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,327
Part time: £2,164
Full time: £4,327
Part time: £2,164
Full time £16,500
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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.
You need to submit a research proposal or sample composition with your application. Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
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
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