Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is for students who want to undertake further English literature study, but don't want to specialise in any one area, MA English Literature may be the perfect course for you. With a wide range of expertise in the department, you have the option to choose units from the MAs in Medieval Studies, Shakespeare, Victorian Literature, Art and Culture and specialist options in Modernism and Contemporary Literature. The course is ideal if you are interested in more than one period of English literature, or if you want to combine or juxtapose the literatures and genres of different periods.

You'll choose the equivalent of two whole modules from across the four MA literature programmes and carry out your own research, writing a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. You will be taught by highly regarded scholars, writers and critics who are engaged in research, writing ground-breaking books, talking to or writing in the national media, and providing expert advice to organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Department for Education and other national and international bodies. You may study this course full-time for one year or part-time over two years.

The Department has an impressive record for placing graduates in academic jobs and in prominent position outside academia. In the field of Shakespeare and Renaissance studies alone, our postgraduates have recently secured positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Sussex and Leeds, Shakespeare?s Globe Theatre and the National University of Ireland. Recent postgraduates in America literature, modern and contemporary literature and theory have secured prestigious appointments in London.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,700 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,820 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,850 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,200 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 honour degree in a related subject. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 7.0 overall (Writing 7.0). No other subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 69 overall (Writing 69). No other subscore lower than 51; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE IV; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
  • IELTS score: 7