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English Literature

English Literature MA

Learn more about the literature you love, and introduce yourself to new writers and genres. Become a confident, critical, focussed professional with skills that are highly valued in a variety of sectors including education, cultural heritage, the voluntary sector, government and the media.


Course overview

English Literature at Teesside

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This outward-looking and contemporary course emphasises how literature is embedded in key cultural and political issues. You are a co-producer of knowledge and think about the relevance of your research in the world outside academia.

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

You are introduced to new and emerging approaches, collaborating with your peers to plan, organise and deliver a postgraduate conference where you present original research. The research module cultivates high-level skills in independent research, as well as methods and strategies for planning and organisation.

Study this course and you may be eligible for a £2,500 Sir Keith Skeoch postgraduate scholarship.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules


The dissertation is an independently conceived research project. You utilise the skills you have gained over the course to write a research proposal, which you develop into a 15,000-word dissertation. You gain a specialist knowledge and understanding of your chosen subject. You are supported by a supervisor who will provide written and oral feedback on your work in progress.

Graduate Conference

Academic conferences play a vital role in humanities research and in the wider academic community by providing scholars with a platform to present their research and to receive feedback that can prove invaluable in the development of longer-term projects. Conferences also provide important opportunities for networking, while conference organisers foster crucial skills in organisation and time-management, collaboration, and communication. You participate in, promote, plan, organise, and contribute to an online graduate conference where you present a 20-minute paper.

New Critical Perspectives on Literature and Culture

You study new key critical/theoretical texts alongside literary texts from the 19th century to the present, developing an understanding of contemporary criticism and theory and its application in relation to modern and contemporary literature and culture. You develop a critical and evaluative stance on contemporary theory and apply the insights gained to the analysis of literary texts. Critical topics covered may include economic humanities, post-secular studies, literary multi-lingualism studies, animal studies, the environmental humanities, disability studies, the medical humanities and the digital humanities.

Pathway to Postgraduate Study in English

You gain insights into distinctive working methods and research practices through a series of interactive workshops, to gain experience in investigating, applying and evaluating skills in three principal fields: reflective practice for professional development; critical, theoretical and historical approaches to textual analysis; independent research planning and project management. You work as a cohort on an intensive research case study, progressing to developing your own research project.

Questioning Texts

You gain skills in working closely with selected literary texts which probe pressing formal, philosophical, socio-political questions shaped by contemporary research in the discipline of English studies. You explore these and related concerns in research-informed seminars, where you develop your own areas of specialist interest and enquiry. This will lead to the formulation – with the support of module tutors – of a negotiated assessment project of your own choosing.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Full-time study is normally one year which involves two half-days of contact per week.

Part-time is normally two years, taking two modules in the first year and three in the second, with one half-day of contact per week and is not restricted to delivery in undergraduate semesters.

Students on this programme are also provided with an additional 15 hours of scheduled professionalisation activities, three hours per module. These sessions provide students with the opportunities to consult with experts in related industries, audit their professional skills, write CVs and obtain support and advice on applying for PhD study.

You are expected to engage in independent learning and research with the support of academic staff. You are provided with the scope and support to apply the skills you develop in workshops and lectures to develop your own choice of texts and research projects.

The primary mode of delivery is via seminars. However, depending on the particular module and learning outcomes, these may or may not include the following teaching methods:

  • lectures
  • reading groups
  • digital labs
  • research skills workshops
  • use of virtual learning environment material and online tasks
  • individual supervision sessions.

How you are assessed

The programme is designed so that you choose your own specialisms and negotiate the focus and format of assessment within given guidelines to suit your interests and future plans. This puts you at the centre of your own learning experience and enables you to co-create assessment as a key part of your next destination planning. The programme includes the following types of assessment:

  • small research project
  • reflective report
  • negotiated project
  • conference paper
  • conference report
  • public engagement piece
  • critical essay
  • dissertation proposal
  • dissertation.

Formative assessment is embedded in the programme design, with tutors actively providing feedback and commenting on work-in-progress in tutorials. Formative work is embedded in all modules and aligned to the assessment tasks to support you in the development of your ideas. A negotiated project has been included so that you can tailor the nature of your assessment to current interests and future career needs.


Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree of 2.2 or above in English Literature or a cognate discipline. Students with other relevant experience or equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

We require international students and/or students for whom English is not a first language to have an IELTS score 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

Graduates of this programme achieve success in a wide range of sectors, including culture and heritage; higher education; art and design; media and publishing; public sector and marketing.


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2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£6,710 a year

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£17,000 a year

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2024/25 entry

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£750 for each 20 credits

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