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Are you ready to take your love of English literature to a higher level?
On the MA English Literature course at Oxford Brookes, you’ll explore everything from Elizabethan lyrics to New York stories. You’ll consider social issues such as gender, sexuality, and mental health through a literary lens. Your dissertation will enable you to explore an area you’re fascinated by, with expert support. On top of that, you’ll study in one of the world’s great literary cities.
We are a close-knit community. We prioritise small teaching groups, the sharing of ideas, and mature dialogue. Problem solving and critical thinking are key features of the course. Our staff are internationally recognised experts, meaning that you’ll be supported by specialists in most areas of English literature.
You’ll graduate with a greatly enhanced understanding of English literature, as well as critical thinking and research tools to thrive in any future career.
We like to give students the opportunity to showcase their work when applying for this course. Please include a writing sample with your application.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Our academic staff are respected in their fields and have broad writing experience.
Create your own specialist pathway based around your specific interests.
Benefit from a programme of conferences, public events, and lectures.
Small group seminars
These help to build trust among peers and tutors.
The Bodleian Library
You’ll gain full reader access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library.
The MA English Literature course is made up of one compulsory core module, two elective modules and a dissertation.
The core module – Critical Debates and Methods – helps you make the transition from undergraduate to graduate-level work. You’ll learn about the different approaches to theory and method in English studies.
Your two elective modules will be taken from a wide range of choices. These include Transatlantic Poetry, Victorian Childhood, Shakespeare and his Legacies, and the Romantic 'Nature' Writing.
For your Independent Study module, you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to explore an area of literature that interests you. You’ll design, research, and write a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. Each step of the way, you’ll be supported by an academic tutor who has specialist knowledge in your area.
The department also has several collaborative research communities. We support our postgraduate students with a programme of conferences, public events, and lectures.
Learning and teaching
On this course, you’ll learn through:
- Small-group seminars
- Collaborative workshops
- Individual tutorials.
Your classes will take place in the evenings, with sessions often running from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.
As a full-time student your classes are on two evenings per week and you’ll spend 30 hours per week in independent study.
Or if you’re a part-time student, your class is on one evening per week and you’ll spend an extra 12-15 hours per week in independent study.
You’ll be assessed by written work and oral presentations. There are no exams.
The School of Education, Humanities and Languages has several collaborative research communities, including:
- The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre
- Networks and localities
- Memory and life-writing
- The Oxford Brookes language and discourse.
We support our doctoral students and encourage wide participation both through our partnerships and our busy programme of conferences, public events and lectures.
Research students are supervised by a team of tutors, including a director of studies and at least one other supervisor.
Research supervision is offered in the following areas:
- Romantic writing
- Contemporary literature
- The pre-raphaelites
- American literature avant-garde writing
- Witchcraft in the 19th century
- John Clare and eco-criticism
- Ben Jonson
- Theatre and science
- Thomas More
- Modernist Poetry
- Victorian religion
- Literature and technology
- Literature as therapy
- Literature and war.
Our graduates are highly valued by employers for their creative, research, and critical thinking skills. They go on to work in various sectors of the economy including:
- PR, marketing and communications
- NGOs and charities
- higher education
- media and journalism.
In recent years, MA English Literature graduates have gone on to work for companies and organisations such as:
- The British Museum
- Better Pathways
- the Chartered Institute for IT
- Blue Zoo Animation Studio.
"I had no doubts that I would choose to study a MA English Literature because of my undergraduate experience and passion for the subject"Read more about Devon
"The opportunity to study at Brookes was too good to miss. I wanted the intellectual challenge, and I was looking forward to stimulating classes, lectures, and like-minded course mates. I was attracted to Brookes because of its reputation for being an inclusive university"Read more about Zita
I had no doubts that I would choose to study a MA English Literature because of my undergraduate experience and passion for the subjectRead more about Devon
The opportunity to study at Brookes was too good to miss. I wanted the intellectual challenge, and I was looking forward to stimulating classes, lectures, and like-minded course mates. I was attracted to Brookes because of its reputation for being an inclusive universityRead more about Zita
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will need to provide certification of your English language proficiency. For this course you will need an IELTS score of at least 7, with at least 6.0 in each element.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences believes strongly in the importance of making a difference to the world of our students, and in the ability and potential of our students to make a difference in the world. The Dean's Scholarship is one small way in which we make that belief tangible.
International students can apply for our International Students Scholarship.