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Full time | Bishop Otter Campus | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Literature English Language

Course type


Course Summary


Immerse yourself in debates around the nature and future of literature

Our MA English Literature course allows you to explore your passion to understand the power of literature in shaping our understanding of the world.

This course will appeal to anyone who is thoughtful, intellectually curious, and inquisitive about literature.

You will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of genres including fantasy literature, modernism, the historical novel and science fiction as you study texts from the Renaissance through to the Present Day.

You will gain the confidence to develop into an independent researcher in a supportive environment as you meet and learn from experts in the field who are enthusiastic about the study of English literature.

On this course you will:

  • Analyse and interrogate literary, critical and theoretical texts.
  • Gain the confidence to present your ideas in a convincing and structured way to a range of audiences.
  • Discuss and argue in an informed, thoughtful and sensitive way.
  • Develop your ability to compare critical approaches and different methodologies.
  • Learn from our expert team of published writers and leading academics.
  • Develop your independent research skills, including compiling bibliographies, understanding the range of academic tools, and use of the internet or research.


Open up your future career options

Why take an MA?

Our MA English Literature acts as a gateway to PhD research as it provides an opportunity to focus your research, develop your independence in a supportive environment, and refine your research skills.

This course would be ideal for:

  • Anyone interested in intellectual development.
  • Those wanting to develop their skills, subject knowledge, and confidence in research and the presentation of research.
  • Current or prospective teachers in English Literature and related subjects.
  • Those looking for careers in research-related fields, from librarianship to arts management.
  • For any employment role requiring skills in self-directed analysis, communication and writing, such as editing and publishing.
  • Those working or looking to work in 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.

Our MA English Literature course aims to transform you into an active and confident researcher in the broad field of English Literature.

Our graduates are highly-valued by employers for their strong problem solving and communication skills and often continue into a wide range of careers.

Career paths include:

  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Communications and PR
  • Local and national government
  • Copywriting


On this module you will consider what literature is and how do we think about literature today. You 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.

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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.

University information

The University of Chichester has two campuses: one in the centre of Chichester, a charming and historic town, and the other close to the sea in Bognor Regis. The University offers both taught and research degrees at postgraduate level, with many of the courses offering work placements during the year. There is a vast range of academic departments to choose from, including Business, Dance, Humanities, Music, Sport and Theatre. Both sites –...more