Postgraduate MA

English Literature

Explore your passion for English Literature and writing on this innovative course. You can specialise in either, or both, creative writing or literary studies.

English Literature

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    City Campus
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    1 Year
  • Start date


    16 Sep 2024

These three pathways bring together creative and critical approaches to literature in new and imaginative ways. You’ll examine current developments and critical issues on a course that provides an international and cross-cultural outlook. 

Taught by a team with an international reputation for their research in diverse areas, ranging from Caribbean culture to crime novels to apocalyptic fictions, this course will expose you to new ideas and will encourage you to question them. Across both shared and specialist modules and in undertaking a major project, you’ll develop skills of critical sophistication and argumentation and independence-of-mind, project development, and reflection. 

Literary Studies pathway

Specialise in literary studies. On this pathway, you’ll:

  • Explore the relationship between history and literary analysis
  • Understand, apply and criticise key practical, contextual, conceptual and theoretical issues and debates in the analysis and creation of literary texts
  • Reflect on and evaluate methodologies, drawing on a range of cultural, theoretical and practice-led reference points

Creative Writing Pathway

Study creative writing at an advanced level. On this pathway, you’ll: 

  • Expand and think critically about your own writing practice as a form of critical engagement or research
  • Improve your understanding and mastery of the craft of creative writing
  • Develop persuasive and sophisticated style both orally and in the written form
English & Creative Writing pathway

On this pathway, you’ll:

  • Choose to study either the 'Literature & History 'or 'The Art of Creative Writing' modules

Connect with industry

You’ll be part of a flourishing academic community and will  benefit from our partnerships with institutions such as Leeds Museums and Galleries and local publishers, including Palgrave Macmillan’s Campaign for the Humanities, which advocates scholarship and publishing in this area.

Shape your career

Whether you’re already working in a related sector, looking to change professions, or continuing your studies from an undergraduate degree, our careers advisors will support you in shaping your career path.  You’ll be able to access this support for five years after you graduate. 

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Why study English Literature at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Expert teaching team who are specialists in their field, continually exposing you to cutting-edge research
  2. Connections with external partners and publishers, such as Leeds Libraries and Palgrave Macmillan
  3. Develop transferable skills in textual analysis, creating and delivering presentations and discussion
  4. Explore how to apply your learning to achieve personal development and professional career goals 
  5. Be supported by a professional careers team, even after you’ve graduated