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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Studies English Language

Course type


Course Summary

This MA allows you to focus on areas that pique your interest most, discover new ones, and sharpen your independent research skills to an advanced level. The MA in English Studies offers you the opportunity to focus on the areas of English literary studies that interest you the most, with modules covering literature and language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day.

This course will allow you to deepen your existing knowledge, discover new fields, and acquire the skills to enable independent research at an advanced level. You will be asked to consider how the interpretation of works might be affected by editorial and contextual factors, and you will be introduced to theories of textual editing, book history and material culture.

Assessment on a module usually consists of one or two pieces of written work. Common types include essays in response to a choice from set questions, editorial exercises, critical reviews of recent work in a field, and, on certain option modules, creative writing. Some modules also feature an assessed oral presentation. A Master’s degree in English Studies is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. As well as deepening your knowledge in your chosen areas in English, you will also develop transferable skills, such as research, analysis and presentation skills.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leicester | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides you with experience in the research and writing skills that you'll need for success in MA written assessments. It includes skills for planning the dissertation, which you'll work on in the later stages of your course. Seminars will introduce you to electronic and other sources of information and to the types of search strategies appropriate to postgraduate work. You'll also focus on developing your skills in critical writing and referencing. Seminars will include tutor-led instructional elements, with a strong focus on your participation in tasks and discussion with other students.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students need 2:1 degree in English literature or language or its equivalent. They will be asked to provide a personal statement (up to 500 words) as part of their application, explaining why they have chosen this course. Where appropriate, they may be asked to submit an essay as part of our admissions process.

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren’t...more

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