This master's in English Literature offers an intellectually challenging, innovative programme of study. It's directly informed by the outstanding research of staff in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.
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. You'll join a team of leading scholars. This makes it the ideal place for postgraduate engagement with major issues in English literary studies from 1500 to the present.
Newcastle has a vibrant literary scene that will inspire you. You'll have access to:
- Literary and Philosophical Society
- Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts
- Seven Stories (the National Centre for Children's Books)
This English Literature master's has a generic route and a specialist pathway in Children’s Literature. You can choose the route best suited to your individual interests and career aspirations.
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What you'll learn
The emphasis of this English Literature master's 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 history of children's literature about, by, and for Black Britons
You'll 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'll 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.
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
|Research Methods II||20|
|Research Methods (Literature)||20|
|Dissertation: Long-Form Essay||60|
|Manuscript, Print, Digital||20|
|Children's Literature and Black Britain||20|
|Prize Culture and the Children’s Book||20|
|Dissertation: Online Exhibition||60|
The remaining 40 credits will be made up of three modules chosen from a list of modules available in the programme handbook.
How you'll learn
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 and Thursdays during the teaching semesters.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Design or creative project
- Professional skills assessments
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
What can you do with an english literature degree?
Our MA English Literature 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
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Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
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Our vibrant postgraduate research community have access to:
- a dedicated workspace
- common room
- excellent computing facilities
Access to certain facilities may be limited subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
You'll 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.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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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: