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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


The MA English Literature focuses upon the study of literature within its historical context. The programme offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to develop expertise in archival research, whilst at the same time honing the theoretical and critical skills necessary for the successful analysis and interpretation of literary and historical sources. By offering the opportunity to study major authors of English Literature such as William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens and the programme will appeal to a wide range of applicants, including home students and those from overseas, and develops essential transferable skills relevant to a wide range of careers, including the teaching profession. The discussion of canonical authors in the MA is cutting edge because it works to recontextualise the canon in literary, historical and theoretical terms.

Curriculum Overview

The course consists of taught modules (including three compulsory modules) and a research dissertation. Assessment is through coursework, primarily in essay format. Full-time students normally attend two intensive classes each week, part-time students attend one class per week; these sessions are backed up by the time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.

Core modules:

Book History: Archives and Material Cultures of Reading (30 credits)

Literary Theory and Practice (15 credits)

Advanced Masters Research in English Literature (compulsory - 15 credits)

Research Dissertation (compulsory - 60 credits)

Indicative non-core modules:

The following is an indicative list of non-core modules, only some of which run each year:

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature

The Rise of the Novel

Case Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Science Fiction

The Art of the Graphic novel

Fantasy and the Literature of the Fantastic

American Modernism

The Literature of the First World War

Culture and Diversity in Early Twentieth-Century Irish Literature

New Literatures in English

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in English Literature or a relevant discipline (which might, for example, include Media or Drama). You should have a keen interest in the subject and a willingness to engage in wide reading around the topic areas.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

The MA English Literature is underpinned by the internationally renowned research expertise of the staff in the English Department, and a methodological approach - namely a consistent emphasis on the study of literature within its historical context - that characterises the research work of all members of the Department.

In an environment of lively enquiry and debate, the wide range of research interests and expertise make for an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The learning and teaching environment means that students benefit from individual attention in class and a strong base of tutorial support. You will experience a range of modes of learning: lecture input, participation in seminars, seminar presentations, discussion with other students, and individual tutorials where appropriate. As a postgraduate degree, it is of course expected that students will undertake a high level of independent research and reading of primary and secondary texts.

One of the special features of the MA English Literature is the way in which it places an emphasis upon archival research, particularly through the core module entitled Book History which examines the relationship between manuscript and printed texts. This archival study involves practical, hands-on work within Liverpool Hope's own centre for Special Collections, and provides an exciting opportunity to work with literary texts in manuscript and rare printed form.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


The MA English Literature can act as a foundation for further postgraduate work, including doctoral research. It also fosters a range of transferable skills valued in professional contexts, such as critical and lateral thinking, the ability to formulate arguments, the capacity to work independently, the presentation of research findings, and information management. It develops students' ability to interpret and analyse cultural products. Teachers may follow this course in order to enhance their subject knowledge.

We offer our MA students the opportunity to experience an important leadership role within the context of a busy and vibrant research setting, via the English Department Undergraduate Conference, a two-day event in which our final year undergraduate students present their research work to students and staff. Our MA students play an important role in the event by chairing panels of speakers, and managing the questions and answer sessions which follow presentations.