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Postgraduate study

English MA

This outward-looking, contemporary and relevant course regards you and your cohort as co-producers of knowledge, and encourages you to think about the relevance of your research in the world outside academia, emphasising literature’s embeddedness in pressing cultural and political issues.


Course overview

Learn more about the literature you love while becoming confident, critical and professional in sectors including education, cultural heritage, government and the media.

You are prepared for career success in a variety of contexts, with highly valued and transferrable skills including verbal presentation; planning and management of small and large research; personal reflection and evaluation; and writing for diverse audiences.

You participate in a postgraduate conference, working with your cohort to plan, organise and deliver an event where you present a piece of your original research. The module serves to cultivate high-level skills in independent research as well as aptitudes in planning, organisation, marketing, and working collaboratively in leading and support roles.

Top reasons to study this course
> Learn more about the literature you love while becoming a confident, critical and professional in sectors including education, cultural heritage, government and the media.
> You study a contemporary and relevant curriculum, prioritising pressing cultural and political issues.
> Embedding optionality wherever possible means you direct the course of your learning journey.
> Your cohort will come from a range of backgrounds, and you learn in an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment, which will enrich your learning experience.
> Your experienced and knowledgeable course team are research active, and many are highly regarded researchers within their field.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules


The dissertation marks the culmination of your master’s degree. This module enables students to gain an extensive and detailed knowledge and understanding of an independently selected topic and to present it in a 15,000-word dissertation.

Graduate Conference

Developing on the research project you started in Research Skills and Methods, you have the opportunity to present your research as a paper at a graduate conference organised and promoted by students. You develop transferrable professional skills suited to a career in academia (or elsewhere) by taking a role in a conference committee and collectively managing a group project.

New Critical Perspectives on Literature and Culture

This module examines 21st-century critical perspectives on modern and contemporary literature and culture. You study key critical and theoretical texts published since 2000 alongside literary and cultural texts from the 19th century to the present.

You develop a sophisticated understanding of contemporary criticism and theory, and its application to modern and contemporary literature and culture.

As well as engaging directly with new critical writing you develop a critical and evaluative stance on contemporary theory. You apply your insights to analysing literary and cultural texts from the Victorian period to the present.

How has criticism and theory shifted since the turn of the 21st century? And how can these fresh perspectives offer us new ways of understanding modern and contemporary literary and cultural texts?

Research Skills and Methods

As an MA English student at Teesside, you will have the opportunity to undertake a major research project. This module is the first stage in that process. You will work on a portfolio of research that adopts and evaluates discipline-specific research methods in relation to a research project that you will present on in the ‘Graduate Conference’ module and see through to completion in the ‘Dissertation’ module. An ability to articulate the decisions made in research projects is increasingly sought in research and funding proposals. This module develops this ability by examining a range of methods employed in research alongside the methodological considerations underpinning the methods in question. As part of the module, you will also be offered training in skills related to different research methods. The module will equip you with a range of skills, approaches and competences to draw on as early career researchers in the field of English studies. This module is designed in accordance with UK research councils’ training guidance.

Specialist Subject

In this module you select from a number of specialist topic areas to complete your own minor project.

Members of the programme team set readings and lead a series of seminars related to their research specialism. You select a topic area and define and develop your own assessment project in negotiation with your seminar tutor.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

At postgraduate level it is important that you take an active role in structuring your learning experience, and engage with the relevant methods and underpinning theories of the disciplines you encounter.

We recognise that students embark on their study with different levels of skills and awareness of the discipline. This programme incorporates regular tutor contact and provides a firm foundation of research, interpretation and writing skills, as well as introducing a range of theoretical approaches. You can choose your own specialisms and negotiate to be assessed in ways that suit your current interests and future aspirations.

How you are assessed

This programme offers different types of assessment including a portfolio of short pieces, conference paper, dissertation, essays, and negotiated projects that can adopt a wide range of styles and formats, provided they meet the assessment criteria. There are no exams.


Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree of 2.2 or above in English or a cognate discipline. Other relevant experience or equivalent qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If English is not your first language you also need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above overall, and at least 7 for the written component (from an exam taken within the last two years).

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

Our MA English equips you with all the skills necessary to pursue an academic career. Your research, writing and interpretation skills developed as part of MA study also enhance your employability in a range of roles and careers in an increasingly competitive graduate marketplace.


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2022/23 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£6,100 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£14,000 a year

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2022/23 entry

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£680 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Half a day a week
  • Start date: September
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