The MA in English offers a superb spread of taught literature modules ranging chronologically from the Renaissance to the present. Reflecting the wide and distinctive expertise of staff in the School of English, the MA embraces subjects from early travel writing to Science Fiction, from Victorian realism to contemporary poetry.
You may know already that you would like to specialise in a particular period. We offer three period-specific pathways which will allow you to develop your understanding in depth. A further pathway offers the option for ‘directed research’, allowing you to pursue an independent project of your own under the guidance of a supervisor.
Alternatively, you may want to explore literature from across several different periods, making your own choices from the modules we offer – and making your own connections between the texts you read. There is no need to take a specific pathway: you can enrol on the MA in English and choose from any of our taught literature modules.
Students opting for the MA in English without a pathway are required to take at least 60 credits of literature modules in addition to the core modules (Research Skills, Dissertation Project, Dissertation). The remaining 30 elective credits can be taken in English or in any available subject across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
English in the world
We play a major role in the cultural life of the city and our students get to work with local organisations and communities through reading groups and placements, partly via our links with The Reader Organisation.
In 2010-11 the School of English launched a collaborative project with the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. This gives our students valuable opportunities to gain practical experience, whilst providing the theatres with academic expertise.
Excellent research and teaching
The School of English has an outstanding international reputation for postgraduate teaching and research.
By pursuing your programme with us you'll benefit from strong research-led teaching across a wide syllabus. This will equip you with critical thinking and communication skills that are highly applicable to modern life.
In the latest Research Assessment Exercise two-thirds of our research activity was in the highest classes of "world leading" or "internationally excellent", with the remainder being classified as "internationally regarded".
More significantly still, 100% of respondents to our 2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey agreed our courses 'met or exceeded expectations'.
Strong postgraduate community
You'll be part of a vibrant community of over 150 taught and research postgraduate students from all over the world.
There'll be regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers, our staff and students, as well as conferences organised by our students that feature participants and speakers from home and abroad.
Recent events have included 'Current Research in Speculative Fiction' (June 2011), and ‘Crossing the Lines: Affinities Before and After 1900’ (January 2010), which attracted AHRC funding.
If you're a doctoral student you can participate in the optional English Graduate Teaching Programme , which will allow you to get the best of the teaching opportunities available, without making significant demands on your time.
Fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation.
Tuition fees (Home/EU)
The University's tuition fees are normally fixed at yearly intervals and follow Government guidelines on minimum levels. As a guide only, the normal tuition fees for full-time Home/EU postgraduate students will be as follows:
Fee for this course: £5,300
International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. The University of Liverpool's fees represent excellent value for money for a Russell Group University.
International fee for this course: £12,200
English at Liverpool has an outstanding international reputation.
You'll benefit from strong research-led teaching covering a wide and continuous range of writing. This equips you with the communication skills and the capacity for critical and creative thinking which are in demand in all areas of modern life.