English Part 1

The Open University UK

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16 months
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In this masters-level English Part 1 module from The Open University UK you will explore a rich and varied range of literary texts from ancient times to the present. Building on your previous study of literature, you will be equipped with key research methods in literary study and introduced to the use of extensive electronic resources available via the OU library. 


The English Part 1 module from The Open University UK is designed to give plenty of scope for the development of individual research projects. This will prepare you for the dissertation module MA English part 2 where you will have the opportunity to plan, research and write up an extended piece of work based on your own interests. 


English Part 1 is a compulsory module in our:

  • MA in English

English Part 1 is an optional module in our:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Humanities

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.

Support from your tutor

You'll have a tutor who will help you with the study material, mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. There will be a blend of face-to-face and online tutorials that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend.

Programme Structure

What you will study

  • This masters-level module is divided into two broad sections. In the first and longer section you will be exploring five clusters of major literary texts, from the ancient past right up to the present. These clusters have been chosen to exemplify some of the complex and fascinating ways in which certain literary themes, personae or narratives have circulated within and across widely differing contexts and periods. You will be considering, for example, the phenomenon of rewrites and adaptations of literary texts in different genres, languages and media.
  • This will include study not only of their critical reception, but of their material production, distribution and dissemination. You will be encouraged to bring a range of relevant theoretical approaches to literary texts and become aware of the ways in which these approaches themselves have histories, and are practised within institutional frameworks.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits



Other requirements

General requirements

To undertake this postgraduate study successfully,you will need to have an undergraduate honours degree, ideally 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 

Tuition Fee


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Getting a Student Visa

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