English Literature, M.A. | Royal Holloway University of London | London, United Kingdom
12 months
18200 GBP/year
8600 GBP/year
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The English Literature course at Royal Holloway University of London is ideal if you are interested in more than one period of English literature, or if you want to combine or juxtapose the literatures and genres of different periods. 


If you want to undertake further English literature study, but don't want to specialise in any one area, the English Literature course at Royal Holloway University of London may be the perfect course for you. With a wide range of expertise in the department, you have the option to choose units from the MAs in Medieval Studies, Shakespeare, Victorian Literature, Art and Culture and specialist options in Modernism and Contemporary Literature.

Career opportunities

The Department has an impressive record for placing graduates in academic jobs and in prominent position outside academia. 

In the field of Shakespeare and Renaissance studies alone, our postgraduates have recently secured positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Sussex and Leeds, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National University of Ireland. Recent postgraduates in America literature, modern and contemporary literature and theory have secured prestigious appointments in London.

The English Department also prepares postgraduates for successful careers in a variety of the other areas, such as:

  • teaching
  • writing and journalism
  • administration
  • marketing

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Modernist and Contemporary Literature
  •  The Works - Plays and Poetry
  •  King Lear and The Tempest: Critical Debate and Creative Response
  •  Victorian London
  •  Aestheticism and Decadence in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  •  The Nineteenth-Century Novel - Contexts, Theories and Readers
  •  The Pre-Raphaelite Revolution - Poetry and Painting
  •  Medieval Narratives
  •  The Visual and The Verbal - Approaches to Medieval Art and Literature
  •  Arthurian Literature and Tradition in England

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 in a related subject.
  • Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ‘high 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a sample of recent written work, such as two short essays or an extract from a dissertation.
  • All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start of your course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8600 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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