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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language English Literature

Course type


Course Summary


Reasons to study English MA at DMU:

Specialist areas of study
provide an opportunity to develop advanced English skills through expert supervision in a topic of your own choosing which you develop across the programme, such as film adaptation, periodical culture or romanticism.
Specialist staff with international reputations
in areas ranging from medieval manuscripts to postmodernism will work with you in groups and in regular one-to-one sessions.
Research and transferable skills
are developed through practical training in writing for publication, teaching and research, presenting work and event management, providing you with up-to-date skills in presenting work, publishing, research and managing cultural events.
Preparation for further study
as the MA, with its focus on individual research, provides ideal preparation for progression to PhD as well as establishing an excellent grounding for careers in education, the arts and the media.
Participation in major research events
through the Centre for Adaptations and Centre for Textual Studies which will provide you with your own working spaces, opportunities to participate in international conferences and to meet researchers from all over the world.

Teaching and assessments

At the beginning of the year, you will be asked to complete learning contracts in collaboration with your personal tutor which will identify the main areas you wish to pursue across the programme, such as Romanticism, adaptations, periodical writing or early modern printing, which will form the basis for all your assessments. For example, a student wishing to pursue the English MA in the area of Shakespeare and film, may wish to conduct a literature search on work on Shakespeare adaptations, write a book review on Russell Jackson’s Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema (2014), design a poster outlining the various film adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew, present a conference paper on Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film of Hamlet and write a dissertation on the Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier.

Graduate careers

Students can undertake careers in a range of areas, including events management, teaching and further research including PhD research.

Different course options

Full time | Leicester Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module is designed to train you in the skills involved in event organisation and presentation. It will involve collaborative as well as individual research skills. You will be guided through the necessary training in organising a conference, choosing a topic and delivering a relevant paper. You will be assigned roles (treasurer, programme developer, marketing manager, website designer) and will also present a paper at the conference. You will be assessed on a reflective essay, outlining your contribution to the management of the conference and a written version of your presentation (including slides).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree. If you have other professional qualifications and/or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

University information

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) postgraduate courses receive continual input from leading employers and professional bodies and are underpinned by excellent research. The university strives to build what employers need: work-ready graduates with professional experience and industry skills on their CVs. Postgraduate courses are career-focused, with UK and overseas placements, internships, targeted training, coaching and research...more

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