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Full time | Mile End | 1 year | 16-SEP-24

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Literature

Course type


Course Summary

Create your own bespoke degree through our English Literature MA pathway, which is ideal if your interests are wide-ranging and you want to consider the relationship between literature from a variety of historical periods. You can explore fundamental questions about literature and consider how these debates change over time, immersing yourself in your chosen periods and areas.

  • Find your niche with support from staff with a rich variety of research specialisms
  • Consider fundamental questions about the nature of literature
  • Study in a leading centre of research with a renowned teaching team
  • Create a bespoke degree that reflects your interests
  • Gain specialised, transferable research skills


  • Our new Graduate Centre: purpose-built study spaces and a roof-top common room with a terrace
  • Access to Queen Mary's libraries on all our campuses
  • Access to a wide range of online resources (including journals, books, databases and media)
  • University of London’s libraries, including Senate House

Career paths

We train critical thinkers and writers who can pursue a wide range of careers worldwide. This programme places you at the forefront of critical theory and provides you with a wide range of academic and transferable skills that are prized in many careers, including teaching, publishing or working within the cultural industries.
Past students have gone on to roles such as rights assistant, administration officer and PhD academy officer.
The research skills and training you receive on this programme are also an excellent preparation for doctoral study.
Graduates of this course have gone on to work at companies such as:

  • Ryland Peters & Small and Cico Books
  • Her Majesty's Courts and tribunal service
  • London School of Economics


This is the compulsory core module for students taking the MA in English Literature. By focusing on the production of texts in a range of historical periods, and by considering different genres of writing, the module is designed to prepare you for the three special options you will choose from across the spectrum of the Department's postgraduate taught programmes. The Production of Texts in Context investigates selected historical case studies in order both to provide you with an advanced understanding of the material and social conditions in which texts are produced, disseminated, and read, and to prompt you to reflect critically upon the significance of literary-historical enquiry for the present-day interpretation of texts. The module will thereby equip you with a sound historical and conceptual preparation for the further study of literary writing at Masters level and beyond, whether or not your interests are specific to a particular period.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in English or a related subject such as History, Cultural Studies and Media Studies. Other routes: Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their potential to produce written work at Masters level will also be considered. As part of the admissions process, we may call for examples of written and artistic work and/or interview candidates.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is an internationally regarded public research institution based in London. It has a long history, dating back over 230 years, and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. Queen Mary has five campuses in the city of London and an international network of satellite campuses in China, Malta and Paris. There is a population of around 16,000 students at the London campuses and more than...more

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