MA English Literary Studies

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • English
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

The MA English Literary Studies programme is aimed at the study of literature, culture and film, and embraces the particular strengths of the Department of English at Exeter. Our flexible programme enables you to choose either a specific pathway or a selection of modules. If you elect to specialise, you will have one of these pathways named in your degree title. Students on the general programme are free to choose from a wide selection of modules.

Specialist pathways include:

Programme features

The programme suits people interested in the areas of literature, culture, or film studies, for a variety of reasons including:

  • those seeking high level training prior to embarking on doctoral research
  • recent graduates wishing to extend and enhance their studies by a year before taking up a career
  • individuals already in employment who are interested in career development
  • and those who simply wish to broaden their intellectual horizons.

Programme structure

The programme comprises 180 credits in total: four taught modules at 30 credits each and a supervised dissertation at 60 credits.

The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Teaching takes place over two terms (September - March), followed by completion of the dissertation over term 3 and the summer (June to August). Each taught module lasts one term and consists of a weekly two hour seminar, underpinned by reading and essay assignments.

Students may opt to follow one of our seven named pathways, each of which has its own pathway leader (American and Atlantic Studies, Criticism and Theory, Enlightenment to Romanticism, Film Studies, Renaissance Studies, Modern and Contemporary, Victorian Studies, or opt for the ‘open’ English Literary Studies pathway.

MA English Studies (Open pathway)
Any 4 x 30 credit options from all available modules + Dissertation in any subject area 

MA English Studies (American & Atlantic Studies) 
2 x nominated American & Atlantic Studies modules + 2 Options + Dissertation in subject area 

MA English Studies (Criticism & Theory)
2 x nominated Criticism and Theory modules + 2 Options + Dissertation in subject area 

MA English Studies (Enlightenment to Romanticism)
2 nominated C18/Romanticism modules + 2 Options + Dissertation in subject area 

MA English Studies (Film Studies) 
2 x nominated Film Studies modules + 2 Options + Dissertation in subject area 

MA English Studies (Modern and Contemporary) 
2 x nominated C20 modules + 2 Options + Dissertation in subject area 

MA English Studies (Renaissance Studies)
2 nominated Renaisssance modules + 2 Options + Dissertation in subject area 

MA English Studies (Victorian Studies)
2 x nominated Victorian modules + 2 Options + Dissertation in subject area 

Options Available (not affiliated to any pathway) 

A 30 credit module outside the programme may be taken subject to availability 

Constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a 
consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the 
Department website: http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/

Compulsory modules

Open Pathway: Dissertation in any subject area 

American and Atlantic Studies Pathway: 2 nominated American & Atlantic Studies modules [English Literary Studies American and Atlantic Pathway] + Dissertation in subject area 

Criticism and Theory Pathway: 2  nominated Criticism and Theory modules [English Literary Studies Criticism and Theory Pathway] + Dissertation in subject area 

Enlightenment to Romanticism Pathway: 2 nominated C18/Romanticism modules [English Literary Studies Enlightenment to Romanticism Pathway] + Dissertation in subject area 

Film Studies Pathway: 2 x nominated Film Studies modules [English Literary Studies Film Studies Pathway] + Dissertation in subject area 

Renaissance Studies Pathway: 2 nominated Renaisssance modules [English Literary Studies Renaissance Studies Pathway] + Dissertation in subject area 

Modern and Contemporary Pathway: 2 x nominated C20 modules + Dissertation in subject area 

Victorian Studies Pathway: 2 x nominated Victorian modules [English Literary Studies Victorian Studies Pathway] + Dissertation in subject area

CodeModuleCredits
EASM023English Dissertation 60
American and Atlantic Pathway
EASM100The Cultures of American Modernism30
EAFM082Movie Mavericks: Creativity, Crisis and Change in 1970s Hollywood30
Criticism and Theory Pathway
EASM152Criticism and Theory: Critical and Literary Theory in a Global Context30
EASM106Criticism and Theory: Current Debates30
Enlightenment to Romanticism Pathway
EASM142Revival and Return: Using the Past from Pope to Keats30
EASM154Body and Identity30
Film Studies Pathway
EAFM088Transatlantic Perspectives On Literature and Culture of the American South30
EAFM081Hearing Film: Film Sound and Music30
Renaissance Studies Pathway
EASM124Country City and Court Renaissance Literature 1558-161820
EASM109Bodies Politic: Cultural and Sexual Politics in England, 1603-8530
Modern and Contemporary Pathway
EASM128From Orientalism to Globalization: Debates in Postcolonial Studies30
EASM151Modernism and Material Culture30
Victorian Studies Pathway
EASM099Making Progress? Literature in a Changing Environment 1830-187030
EASM150Empire, Decadence and Modernity: Literature 1870-191030

Optional modules

General Pathway: Any four 30 credit options from all available Masters modules 

All Other Pathways: two 30 credit options from all available Masters modules

 

 

 

CodeModuleCredits
English Literary Studies General Pathway
EASM150Empire, Decadence and Modernity: Literature 1870-191030
EASM109Bodies Politic: Cultural and Sexual Politics in England, 1603-8530
EASM124Country, City and Court: Renaissance Literature 1558-161830
EASM099Making Progress? Literature in a Changing Environment 1830-187030
EASM106Criticism and Theory: Current Debates30
EAFM081Hearing Film: Film Sound and Music30
EASM128From Orientalism to Globalization: Debates in Postcolonial Study30
EAFM081Hearing Film: Film Sound and Music30
EASM023English Dissertation60
EASM085AHeretics and Mystics: Language, Society and the Divine, 1300-150030
EASM099Making Progress? Literature in a Changing Environment 1830-187030
EASM106Criticism and Theory: Current Debates30
EASM109Bodies Politic: Cultural and Sexual Politics in England, 1603-8530
EASM124Country, City and Court: Renaissance Literature 1558-161830
EASM142Revival and Return: Using the Past from Pope to Keats30
EAFM088Sense, Sensation, and Cinema30
EASM150Empire, Decadence and Modernity: Literature 1870-191030
EASM151Modernism and Material Culture30
EASM152Criticism and Theory: Critical and Literary Theory in a Global Context30
EASM153Beyond the Border: The Politics of Place in Contemporary North American Literature and Culture30

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching

The taught components of the MA English Literary Studies are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Modules are taught in seminar groups, with lots of time for discussion and interaction. In seminars you will be expected to take part in debate and present your work.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework, consisting of critical essays, for most taught modules plus a 20,000-word dissertation. The dissertation project is the culmination of the Master's programme. It requires students to conceive, plan, research and write-up an independent study of 20,000 words. The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to test their learning, display their subject knowledge as well as methodological skills and explore in detail a topic that interests them.

Careers

A degree in English, whether studied at our campus in Exeter or in Penryn, can provide you with an excellent general understanding of language, literature and culture. For our graduates, it opens up career paths in related areas such as teaching, publishing and the media as well providing a path to other areas such as the Civil Service, business, law and management.

Some destinations of graduates from English Studies programmes are:

  • Advertising
  • Associate Teaching Fellow
  • Bookseller
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Copywriter & Social Media Executive
  • Editor
  • Events Manager
  • Fashion Assistant
  • Freelance Journalist
  • Journalist
  • Junior PR Consultant
  • Lecturer
  • Librarian
  • Marketing Executive
  • Media Account Executive
  • Merchandiser
  • Online Marketing Executive
  • Post Production Assistant
  • PR Coordinator for Europe and Middle East
  • Proof Reader
  • Psychotherapist
  • Publicist
  • Reporter
  • Sabbatical Officer
  • Teacher
  • Video Content Producer
  • Writer

Research areas

In English at Exeter we're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. There are currently around 80 PhD students in the Department, many of whom maintain an online personal profile detailing their research activities. Follow the links below to find out more about them and their research projects.

All our staff belong to one or more research groups which plan and develop research initiatives across the following areas. Research activity is carried out collaboratively by staff at our Exeter and Cornwall Campuses. Full information about staff research interests can be found in our staff profile pages.

Entry requirements 2015

Normally a 2:1, preferably in English, although other subjects are considered. 

We also welcome applications from industry professionals interested in the academic study of the subject or looking to enhance your CV with an academic qualification.  We also welcome applications from individuals with suitable skills and experience of writing creative works.

Candidates may be called for interview (which may be by telephone or video link).

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.

TOEFL IBT*

At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all skills.

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

At least 185 overall and no less than 169 in any other section.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2015/16

  • UK/EU: £6,700 full-time; £3,350 part-time
  • International: £15,500 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Scholarships and other funding

Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes in English.

Contact us

College of Humanities
Postgraduate Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725306
Email: humanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

Department of English
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725309
Email: english@exeter.ac.uk