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English Literature MA or PGDip or PGCert

English Literature MA or PGDip or PGCert

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Full time | Headington Campus | 12 months | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Literature English Language

Course type


Course Summary


Our MA in English Literature offers an exciting and challenging course of graduate study covering a range of periods and genres from the Renaissance to the Contemporary.

During the course you will:

  • take core compulsory modules that provide a secure grounding in the key methods of postgraduate study
  • choose elective modules from a wide range of periods and genres
  • take Independent study modules and complete a dissertation to pursue a personalised project matching your interests.

You will study with internationally-renowned scholars who regularly publish in their field. And you will have access to inspiring, on-campus literary resources such as:

  • Man/Booker Prize archive
  • Royal Literary Fund fellows
  • the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.

As well as full reader access to the Bodleian Library, one of the most important research collections in the world.

Career prospects

Our alumni go on to a wide range of careers in different sectors, including:

  • teaching
  • publishing
  • NGO/charity work
  • media production
  • the creative industries.

Employers value our postgraduate students’ advanced problem-solving, research, and communication skills.

Recently, Jenny Mayhew, English PhD student, had her first novel published, A Wolf in Hindelheim. A significant number of successful MA students continue into further research and academic careers, at Brookes and other institutions.

The MA course offers an excellent grounding in further study in English no matter what you decide to do afterwards, and provides the research experience and training you need to pursue a successful PhD project.

Students can also exit with Pgdip/PgCert awards.


This core module in advanced literary studies helps you make the transition from undergraduate to graduate-level work. You will learn about a variety of perspectives on theory and method in English studies, and You will acquire the advanced study skills needed to engage in independent research. You will also be trained in using electronic research resources. As well as this, You will address questions of canonisation: who decides what and how we read, in university and beyond? What constitutes ?important? literature? How do critical responses to it emerge? And what problems and opportunities do these responses pose for your postgraduate study in English Literature?

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Entry requirements

You should normally hold an upper second-class honours degree, or its equivalent, in English Literature or a related subject. You also need to provide a writing sample; it should showcase your writing at its best. For many the sample would consist of an advanced-level undergraduate essay that features: Close engagement with primary sources (literary texts and/or other evidence); Critical engagement with secondary sources (scholarly criticism, and/or theory, where appropriate); a formal scholarly apparatus (notes, bibliography, works cited, etc). If the above is not an option for you, then we're happy for you to submit one of these alternatives: A piece of professional writing that engages with academic study or other research; a review of a literary work you have read recently, which makes use of current literary criticism/academic sources about the writer(s). The sample should be 1500-2500 words, but if you use a longer piece - highlight the 2500 words you want us to focus on.

University information

Based in the historic student city of Oxford, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities. It enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence, innovative approaches to learning, and strong links with business and industry. The university welcomes students from more than 140 countries around the world and is proud of its diverse, inclusive community. Oxford Brookes is known for great teaching and equipping students...more

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