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This course gives you the opportunity for advanced study in an intellectually lively department with a long tradition of excellent teaching and an international reputation for research.
It is focused on three periods of literary history: the Renaissance, the 'long' 19th century, and the 20th/21st century. The fourth module, Research Methods, equips you with the skills needed to complete your Major Project. One of these modules can be replaced by a module from our MA Creative Writing or MA Publishing (subject to the course leaders' approval).
In addition to accessing the good library facilities at Anglia Ruskin and major electronic resources such as Early English Books Online and JSTOR, a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching, you will be able to make use of the world-class Cambridge University Library. This course will appeal to you whether you want to improve your career prospects (for instance as a teacher), go on to doctoral research or simply broaden your intellectual horizons.
Additional course information
You will have the opportunity to extend your knowledge of a range of literature, particularly from the Renaissance period to the present. Each of the three period-based modules on the MA in English Literature course is structured around a particular theme and investigates the social and cultural contexts of literature. The course can also be tailored to meet individual interests. In addition to the enhanced critical, analytical, and communicative skills you will obtain, you will get training in a variety of different methods of research, including the use of archives and electronic texts.
Our Department organises extra-curricular activities such as a three-day Stratford-upon-Avon theatre study trip; frequent poetry readings; regular literary events organized by the Literary Society and CAMPUS (The Cambridge Publishing Society); one-day symposia and conferences. The Mumford Theatre, which is situated at the heart of the campus, plays host to a range of professional touring, local community and student theatre. It also presents music events, including a series of free lunchtime concerts.
Cambridge is a beautiful and historic university city. With a student population of some 25,000, it also offers a young, vibrant and creative environment. The city is full of student bookshops, cafes, cinemas, art galleries, museums and an exceptional number of theatres and concert venues, both mainstream and experimental. London is within easy reach of Cambridge by train or coach.
Recent graduates have taken positions in arts administration, furthered their careers in teaching and pursued doctoral degrees. By providing employees with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of English literature at the graduate level, this course is of particular benefit to secondary school and sixth-form teachers and their employers.
Usually a good/ 2:1 honours degree classification (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline and/or relevant professional experience. Candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 or equivalent and submit a portfolio (see below). Candidates who do not have a recent degree will also be asked to submit a portfolio
Portfolio requirements (International students only)
Your writing portfolio should be:
- a 2,000 word essay on 'How has the study of English literature changed over the last century?' - This should be fully referenced and include a bibliography.
Or; a 1,000 word proposal for your MA Dissertation plus a bibliography
- a piece of marked work from your degree studies.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.
Last updated March 7, 2016