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English Literature

The Open University UK

24 months
5210 GBP/year
5210 GBP/year
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The MA in English Literature at The Open University UK introduces you to studying literature, poetry, drama and prose in relation to culture and across three broad themes. 


The first of these, literary-popular culture, includes exploring genre writing, the bestseller and mass literary production. In revolution and literature, you’ll encounter texts representing revolutionary social or political change. The third theme is global literary cultures where you’ll look at English literature as an international literary form. The structure of this MA in English Literature at The Open University allows you to select options and specialise throughout the first year in preparation for the more sustained self-directed work of the dissertation in year two.

Career relevance

This degree at The Open University UK is relevant to careers that directly call on knowledge of English literature and culture. It may also be relevant for careers that demand skills in the creative use and analysis of texts of various sorts, critical thinking and organisation, and understanding of culture in a broad sense. It is also useful (particularly alongside relevant skills and experience) if you aim to work in the media, culture or knowledge industries – or are employed already in these areas and need further qualifications to progress.  A masters degree can be useful for professional development in teaching, and if you want to pursue an academic career it provides good preparation for the higher level research that is prerequisite (such as a PhD).

Programme Structure

Key features of the course

  • Explore literature as a cultural artefact and a form shaped by commercial production, morality, politics, ideas of value, and histories of difference.
  • Provides options to specialise in at every stage, effectively curating your own pathway.
  • Equips you with practical skills in literary research methods such as archival and manuscript research.
  • Provides the opportunity to design and disseminate your work on digital platforms.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in English or a closely related subject. Although your degree need not be in English, you must show some knowledge of the subject, together with the study skills expected of a graduate in this field. You should be aware that a degree of at least 2.1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA.

The MA in English Literature assumes that a candidate for a masters degree already has the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level. The qualification will not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate undergraduate degree or inadequate experience.

It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5210 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10420 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    5210 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10420 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

The total cost you pay for your qualification is dependent on the modules you choose to study. With us, you pay for your modules as you study them, rather than the whole qualification up front.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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