Postgraduate MA

English Literature

Explore your passion for English Literature and writing with this innovative course. You’ll specialise in creative writing or contemporary literature.

English Literature

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    City Campus
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    1 Year
  • Start date


    19 Sep 2022

Explore your passion for English Literature and writing with this innovative course. You’ll specialise in creative writing or contemporary literature. 

These two 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. 

Contemporary Literature Pathway

Specialise in researching contemporary literature. On this pathway, you’ll:

  • Be introduced to a range of recent literary texts in English 
  • Develop an advanced, critical understanding of recent debates on the contemporary creative process
  • Be encouraged by expert tutors to develop your skills in close reading, creating and delivering presentations and formal discussions
  • Explore how contemporary literary studies is a creative process
  • Specialise in topics at the cutting edge of the discipline   

Your independent project will enable you to experience the process of defining your own area of investigation and conducting in-depth research and writing.

Creative Writing Pathway

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

  • Focus on developing expertise in the writing process from the outset
  • Enhance your writing practice through studying texts and theories
  • Explore how knowledge of contemporary literary studies can enhance your creativity and direct your creative practice in areas of interest 
  • Learn from prize-winning published authors and poets, who will support you in developing transferable skills in textual analysis, creating and delivering presentations and discussion 

Assessments will enable you to establish your creative voice and ability to write for different audiences. You’ll be supported by your tutor throughout the independent project module as you pursue your own creative writing project. You’ll cultivate your advanced planning, written and oral communication skills as part of this module.

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. 

Check out our twitter feed @BeckettEnglish for the latest updates and information. 

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

MA English Literature MA English Literature student Ruby talks about her experiences at Leeds Beckett.

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