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MA English Literary Studies

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Full time | Streatham Campus | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language Literature

Course type


Course Summary


  • Nine flexible pathways and a broad range of modules
  • Develop an enhanced understanding of literature and media in their historical and cultural contexts, and foster your communication and analytical skills
  • Ideal for students wishing to extend and enhance their studies before starting their career
  • Specifically designed for those seeking high level training prior to embarking on doctoral research
  • Excellent facilities on campus include our Special Collections featuring the papers of internationally important writers, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum which is a unique film and popular culture resource and our Digital Humanities Lab. Exeter has also recently been awarded UNESCO City of Literature status


An English degree is a uniquely versatile qualification valued by employers for the combination of communication and analytical skills as well as combining an understanding of literature and media in a historical and cultural context. For some of our students the MA is a step on the path to doctoral study, for others it opens up a range of career paths in areas such as teaching, publishing, media, journalism, advertising and communications.

In recent years the positions some of our graduates have gone on to include:

  • Copywriter
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Assistant Editor
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Freelance Journalist
  • Writer


The dissertation project is the culmination of the English Literary Studies Master's programme. It requires you to conceive, plan, research and write-up an independent study.

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Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

University information

The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main...more

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