English Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Based upon established models of scholarship, this MA in English Literature at Bishop Grosseteste University College moves between the study of single authors, literary genres, thematic threads and literary periods.

This MA is designed around your development as a reader and researcher of literature; as a critical and reflective scholar; and as a communicator and presenter of knowledge. It invites you to contribute to the discussions, debates, and projects that are transforming the discipline now. It combines current scholarly investigation with the promotion of transferable academic and professional skills.

A Masters in English Literature at BGU is ideal if you wish to broaden and extend your engagement with English Literature. You will explore a range of literary genres, approaches, and themes within a post-Enlightenment context, from 1780 to the present day. You will gain advanced knowledge of English literature, powers of literary critical analysis, research, independent scholarship, and knowledge transfer through excellent communication skills. The course will equip you with highly sought-after organisational, project-managing, delivery, liaison, problem-solving, and interaction skills.

You will examine a variety of theories, forms, and frameworks, stretching from the late 18th Century to the present day, through research-led modules. Two team-taught modules uncover new and darker sides of literature, as well as innovative ways to interpret the past and the present through different perspectives. Framing Genre, Thematic Threads, The Author in Focus, and Literature in Time are modules studying selected authors, literary periods, genres and themes. You will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests in a variety of written and verbal assignments. The final dissertation gives you the space to push your literary passion further individually.

Careers & Further Study

This Masters course will prepare you for a variety of professions that depend on advanced critical, literary and analytical skills, and also depend on the sophisticated communication and research abilities you will gain. This may include careers such as teaching, publishing, librarianship, journalism, professional writing or within academia (through obtaining a PhD). However, a Masters in English need not result in a career specifically tied to the subject. Our graduates will also be in a strong position to move into occupations relating to marketing, management or public relations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theorising Literature: Critical Frameworks
  • Literature In Time
  • Framing Genre
  • The Dark Side Of Literature
  • The Author In Focus
  • Thematic Threads
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      1 or 2 years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • You would normally be expected to have, or predicted to have, at least a 2.2 Honours degree in English Literature or a related discipline.
  • If you hold another degree at a 2.2 or above, depending upon the content, you will be asked to demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge relating to the programme content. This would be assessed at interview and application.
  • BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Lincoln

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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