Our MLitt English Literature is an individually tailored research master's degree. It contains some taught modules, some independently conducted research assignments and a larger research dissertation at the end. The topics are chosen by you, in consultation with your supervisor.
The course is taught by small teams of research specialists clustered in the following research areas:
- Medieval literature
- Eighteenth-century and Romantic period literature and culture
- Victorian literature
- Fin-de-siècle and modernism
- Postcolonial literatures
- American literature and culture
- Children’s literature
- Theatre studies
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What you'll learn
Taught modules aim to extend your knowledge and skills beyond undergraduate level and help to develop your research 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.
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.
How you'll learn
This course is primarily taught on our city-centre campus. Your contact and study times vary across modules although teaching typically includes seminars, tutorials, presentations 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.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
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 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
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- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
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- research and professional skills
- careers support
- health and safety
- public engagement
- academic development
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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. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes:
- several dedicated computer clusters
- meeting rooms
- a kitchen
- lounge area
Our award-winning Philip Robinson Library offers excellent resources for archival research in the Special Collections. There are also collections at Newcastle City Library and the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
For 2022-23 entry, we will be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2022 by UKRI.
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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