MA in English Literature
The MA in English Literature at Cardiff offers exciting opportunities for students to expand their intellectual horizons while gaining advanced subject knowledge and developing sophisticated research, writing and analytical skills. Composed of a stimulating programme of research-led modules, the programme enables students to engage with some of the key cultural, theoretical, historical and political contexts informing literary research at postgraduate level.
The flexible structure of the MA allows students to assemble programmes of study tailored to their personal and professional interests. The MA provides excellent research training for students who plan to move on to doctoral research. It is also ideal for those who wish to enhance their employability before taking up a career, as well as those who are seeking professional development in their current employment. Many of our students undertake the MA to strengthen their transferable skills for a variety of careers, including journalism, publishing, teaching, research and administration.
Modules range from the medieval to the modern, and traverse various genres and approaches. Students are free to follow one of the specialist pathways or the Open Pathway. Specialist pathways in the current session include:
- Editorial and Intertextual Studies
- Literature, Theory and Culture
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Nineteenth-Century Studies
- Modern and Contemporary Studies
Teaching and Assessment
The degree is structured in two parts. In Part One (the taught component of the degree), full-time students choose four modules (two per semester) from a range of specialist options. Part-time students take one module per semester. All teaching is by seminars and workshops structured around student participation, with opportunities for students to present their work. Each taught module consists of a two-hour seminar per week and is assessed by a 4,000-word essay (or equivalent assessment). In addition to the taught modules, students attend weekly workshops on research methods and scholarly presentation and a critical theory reading group.
In Part Two of the degree (the dissertation), students undertake a substantial and sustained research project of 16,000-20,000 words on a subject of their choice, developed in consultation with an assigned supervisor.
Length of Course
The MA programme is available on a full-time or a part-time basis, with entry every September.
Students are normally required to hold a first degree in English Literature (single or joint honours) of at least 2:1 standard, but applicants with other relevant qualifications will be considered.
How to Apply
You may apply online or send us a paper application form (also available from the 'Apply' section of Cardiff University's website). Applications are considered on a continuous basis throughout the year.
In addition to the application form we require the following supporting documents:
- Two academic references
- Copies of two essays on a literary topic (undergraduate essays are welcome)
- Photocopies of all relevant supporting documentation (e.g. degree certificates and transcripts)
The School welcomes applications from students from outside the United Kingdom. More information is provided on our International Students page.
The School also offers opportunities for full-time and part-time study leading to the degrees of PhD and MPhil. Please see our Postgraduate Research section for further information.
For details of possible funding opportunities please visit the following sites: