MA in English Studies
The MA in English Studies enables you to pursue interests in different periods of English literature while specializing in the field which intrigues you the most. The modules cover literature and language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. On this course, you will deepen your existing knowledge, discover new fields, and acquire the skills to enable independent research at an advanced level.
The MA in English Studies begins with two core modules: 'Research Methods for Postgraduates in English' is designed to develop your investigative skills, while on Editing and Textual Cultures’ you will discover the editorial and social processes that shape texts.
During the degree, you also take at least two Option Modules, specializing in a particular area of language, literature, or creative writing.
Towards the end of your course, you will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, deciding upon either a 15,000-word dissertation or the longer 25,000-word dissertation option.
The MA in English Studies is therefore suitable if you are thinking of continuing to doctoral level or if you are wishing to pursue a career which makes use of research skills.
With 30 full-time lecturers, we have experts across the spectrum of English studies. All of our lecturers publish on their specialist subjects meaning that your MA teaching will be informed by the very latest research.
The diverse research interests of staff are reflected in the range of modules on the MA in English Studies, and also ensure we can offer an impressive breadth of expertise for dissertation supervision. As well as modules run specifically for the MA English Studies, on this course you can also take Options offered within the School's MA courses in Victorian Studies and Modern Literature.
Opportunities and Events
You will join an internationally renowned department with a vibrant research culture. Throughout the year there are opportunities hear from celebrated novelists, poets, and playwrights. For example, recent speakers at the annual Literary Leicester festival, organised by the School of English, include Michael Frayn, Amitav Ghosh, Carol Ann Duffy, Will Self, Colm Tóibín and Alan Hollinghurst.
The School of English also organises a number of research seminar series at which academics and scholars present their latest work. Research seminars are an excellent ways to hear about new ideas and develop your own understanding of a field. Regular seminar series are run for the Medieval, Early Modern (Renaissance), Victorian, and Modern periods, and on Linguistics.
If you have an interest in creative writing, you can join in the events run by the School’s Centre for New Writing. These include workshops, colloquia, lectures, masterclasses by published authors.
On the social side, English postgraduates run their own society (SPELL). Recent events have included theatre and cinema trips, and a Shakespeare workshop with the 1623 Theatre Company.
The David Wilson University Library is an extremely well-stocked resource for all levels of study in English. In addition to the bookshelf collection, the Library subscribes to an excellent range of electronic resources and has areas for private and group study, as well as a dedicated Postgraduate Room.
Material housed in the Library's Special Collections includes the Robjohns Collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed bibles, the Fairclough Collection of material relating to seventeenth-century literature, and the papers of the Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton.
- Dr Kate Loveman (2013/14)