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English: Literary London MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language English Literature

Course type


Course Summary

This Literary London, MA programme offers you the opportunity to study varied literary imaginings of London from the time of Shakespeare to the present day. The aims of the programme are: to introduce you to the rich diversity of literary responses to London and to develop your analytical and critical thinking through a variety of guided assessments; to consider the depiction of London's contested and multicultural identity via a range of theoretical and methodological approaches; to develop students' research and presentation skills to prepare them for further academic research and the job market; and to foster a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment in which students are encouraged to bring their own experience, writing and reading to bear on the subject of London's literature.

Students are assessed through an essay portfolio, oral presentations, and a dissertation. Graduates from this programme can pursue further academic research, archival or commercial research, or teach journalism or creative writing.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The dissertation represents the MA element of the award and constitutes a defining stage in the consolidation of work undertaken in taught courses and over a period of supervision. Students write a longer piece of work on an individual research topic of their own choosing ? related to the overarching topics of the MA ? in consultation with their supervisor (who is a member of the MA teaching team selected for their expertise in the relevant specialist area). The dissertation should pursue a particular theme or issue in literary and related texts; it does not normally involve live participants. Where research ethics clearance is necessitated by the nature of the research, this should be sought ? this is rare in literary studies and supervisors will advise. The course aims to assess students? ability in their selection, formulation and execution of a specific research project. The dissertation aims to give students experience of working independently and the opportunity to further develop their self-reflective, analytical skills.

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

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants typically require: an undergraduate degree classification of 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline (in exceptional circumstances a 2.2 may be considered) or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area or professional experience, research in a professional capacity or publication in journals or presentation at conferences/seminars or other qualifications and/or experience that demonstrate that a candidate possesses knowledge and skills commensurate with the standard of a good honours degree.

University information

The University of Greenwich has three campuses situated in south-east London and Kent. It offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes, along with a number of research degrees. The university has nine Times Higher Education Awards, four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education and two Guardian University Awards for Research Impact. Among the teaching staff, there are award winning National Teaching Fellows, while alumni...more