Brunel University London

Course Introduction

<b> About the course </b> <p>

The MA in English Literature at Brunel University London offers a combination of various approaches to the study of literary texts, including the historical, author'oriented readings, periodization and a postmillennial focus. It is underpinned by certain core issues: identity, culture and literary engagement; historical contexts; the ideological and social function of literature; exploring self and others through literary forms and genres; how we might more effectively read texts and the world.<p>

The course offers the opportunity to study a range of topics and periods including the contemporary, and it is designed to appeal to you if: you are preparing to undertake further research in literary studies; wishing to take your general studies in English literature to the next level; or, hoping to enhance your career prospects.<p>

The introductory module, Reading, Research & Writing, reinforces and further develops all the required skills and competencies relevant to literary studies, ensuring that from the third term you will be able to pursue self'directed research on an agreed topic of your choice and submit a 15,000 word dissertation. <p>

On completing the English Literature MA, you will have skills which are vital for careers in publishing, print and electronic media, the culture industries and education, as well as other professions such as law, the civil service, advertising, market research and marketing, and financial services and business. <p>

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work'based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

<b> Special features </b> <p>

This master’s degree is taught by world'leading specialists in post'1789 literature and theory, each with an international reputation for publication, their work informing the content of our programme. <P>

The course offers innovative approaches and module topics which combine different periods, author'studies, and both a contemporary and a historical focus.

The location of Brunel University in West London places it in the heart of contemporary literary and cultural life in the UK.<p>

Access to various Brunel archives, including the Fiction and Cultural Mediation of Ageing (FCMAP) archive, the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies and South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive (SADAA). <p>

Our staff have expertise in a wide range of literatures, and you will benefit from events and activities organised by the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing.

There are financial benefits offered to alumni of the Brunel MA programmes to help you on your way. <p>

Course Modules

<b>Modules may include: </b> <p> Reading, <p>Writing and Research,<p> Postmillennial Literature,<p> A British Literary Decade: A Historical Approach, <p>Author(s) Study, <p>Advanced Project: 15,000 word dissertation <P> <i> Please visit our website for more information. </i>

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £7,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £16,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £3,850 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £8,100 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • A UK second class (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a related discipline.•Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a non-related discipline will be assessed by the Admissions Tutor on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to change. English language requirements: IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70 per cent (min 60 per cent in all areas).