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English: Literary London, MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language

Course type


Course Summary

Study different ways of looking at and writing about London with this exciting MA programme. Explore literary London and how writers have responded to the city while studying in London itself.

This English MA offers the opportunity to engage with the rich and complicated literary imaginings of London through the years - from Shakespeare to the Victorians and onwards, to cinematic, postcolonial and documentary constructions of the city.

The structure is designed to be flexible, with courses taught in weekly seminars focusing on literary, theoretical and cultural texts. Broaden your knowledge of literature and your understanding of London's role in the world while exploring alternative approaches and perspectives, all within an interdisciplinary, comparative and international context.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

A postgraduate degree in this field will allow you to enter a wide variety of fields of work and opens the door to embarking on a research degree. A number of our graduates have gone on to complete PhDs.

Others have found work in teaching, journalism, marketing and PR, arts administration, local and central government, charity work, and many other areas.

(This course is not a teacher training course. Anyone wishing to become a teacher will need to undertake/complete the necessary specific training to qualify as a teacher.)

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The University's Employability and Careers Service (ECS) provides support when you are preparing to apply for jobs. Support includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the sector and who may be able to provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Different course options

Full time | University of Greenwich (Greenwich Campus) | 1 year | SEP

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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have a UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above (or an equivalent qualification (both level and grade) from a recognised non-UK university) in a relevant discipline. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider a 2.2.

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