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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 year (FT), 2 years (PT) Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22?UK fee: £6,750

2021/22 International fee: £14,300

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Entry Requirements:

  • An?honours?degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline
  • Students with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered on a case by case basis
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) - or equivalent qualification

Course content

Our MA English Literature is an open and flexible programme designed to give you the possibility of exploring the full diversity of English literature.

We want you to join in the debates over the nature of literature, the future of English literature, and the past and new cultural experiences of writing and communication which are shaping our lives, with our team of active researchers and committed teachers. We see research as a public activity, and the course offers ways in which to explore the research process as engagement in the cultural conversation.?

Our modules offer the opportunity to research a diverse range of literary periods and forms – from the Early Modern to Contemporary fiction, engaging with genres including historical fiction, fantasy literature, modernism, e-writing, and film. The MA also explores a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches, including historical and textual analysis, ethical reading, cognitive poetics, and critical theory.

This?course will:

  • Enable you to analyse and interrogate literary, critical and theoretical texts
  • Help you present your ideas in a convincing and structured way to a range of audiences, both academic and non-academic
  • Allow you to discuss and argue in an informed, thoughtful and sensitive way, including the ability to compare critical approaches and different methodologies
  • Enhance skills in high-level academic writing, including the construction of an argument, knowledge of a wide field of debate, and persuasive and lucid written communication
  • Develop independent research, including compiling bibliographies, understanding the range of academic tools and use of the internet or research?

For?more information about the course, read our MA English Literature course flyer.


This course starts in September?


Our facilities

The Department of English and Creative Writing is a thriving and successful Department, with a staff of active researchers and committed teachers.

The Department hosts the Centre for Research in Folklore, Fairytales and Fantasy,?the Iris Murdoch Research Centre and the South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Research Group.?We hold regular research events, alongside a full Departmental programme, including film showings, visiting speakers, and theatre talks. Recent visiting speakers include Dame Gillian Beer, Professor Jacqueline Simpson, Dr Frances White, and Professor Jacqueline Labbe.?

In collaboration with our colleagues in Creative Writing, we also have regular events with writers and poets Simon Brett, Matthew Sweeney, Mavis Cheek, Helen Dunmore, Michele Roberts, and Jo Shapcott.

The Department has close contact with local cultural institutions: the Chichester Festival Theatre, Pallant House Gallery, the Chichester Public Records Office, and other local institutions.

These offer you further research opportunities. Chichester and the local area has a strong literary history, attracting writers from the eighteenth-century radicals William Blake and Charlotte Smith, to H. G. Wells and Mervyn Peake.

Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished.

On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Our MA is designed to transform you into an active and confident researcher in the broad field of English Literature. The course is a gateway to PhD research, providing an opportunity to focus your research, develop your independence in a supportive environment, and refine your research skills.

This course will appeal to:

  • anyone interested in intellectual development and for those wanting?to develop their skills, subject knowledge, and confidence in research and the presentation of research?
  • those looking for careers in research-related fields, from librarianship to arts management, for teachers in English Literature and related subjects, and for careers requiring high-level abilities in writing, presentation, and critical analysis
  • for any employment role requiring?skills in self-directed analysis, communication and writing, such as editing and publishing, and any business role?requiring abilities in self-managed development and the presentation of ideas
  • any current student who is keen to enhance their studies further?

Indicative modules

Literature in the Present Moment

What is literature and how do we think literature today? The concept of ‘literature’ is crucial and elusive, expanding under the impact of digitalisation and new forms of creative and critical writing. In this course students will explore new techniques in archival research, issues in intellectual history, theoretical developments, and the transformations of the very concept of ‘literature’, past and present.

Literatures of Pain and Pleasure

This course explores emotional states, feelings, and extreme experiences across a wide-range of literary and cultural texts. From the Renaissance to the present, you will encounter texts that explore these states and understand how literature has shaped our core emotional experiences. Offering exciting research possibilities, this is a course not only concerned with the mind but also with what moves us.?

Visions of the Real: Literature, Myth, and Science, 1800-Present

Fiction has always has a tense relationship with reality. Is fiction more real than reality, as literary characters come to ‘life’, or is fiction a betrayal of reality? In this course you will engage with the blurred lines between literature, science and myth. From the moment of the Enlightenment and Romanticism, in tension between the ‘clear’ vision of reality and the power of myth, the course traces out the crisis of realism, from fantasy literature to modernism to the avant-garde.

Activating Research

How do you become a researcher? Exploring the research process as one that involves integrating a range of ‘voices’, from primary texts, archives, peers, critical and theoretical work, and audience, this course gives you the capacity to engage with this diversity. While research is often presented as an intensely private and personal activity, this course will help you develop your research project as a public process, giving you the tools to find your own critical voice and the confidence to engage with peers, the academic community, and the public.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed over four modules, three with an assessment of an essay of 5,000 words.

The module on ‘activating research’ will be assessed by a presentation (25%) and a written submission (3000 words).

The Dissertation will be a 15,000 assessment.

Additional Costs

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