Postgraduate taught courses in English

Literature expresses the values and aspirations, the certainties and uncertainties of the societies in which it was created. To study English at university is to take up these questions in a rigorous and systematic way, relating them to a literary culture of exceptional richness and diversity, extending over a thousand years and more.

The School offers a number of taught postgraduate programmes:

All of these programmes involve taught modules over the academic year and a final 15,000-word dissertation (or an equivalent piece of original work for students who are studying Creative Writing or Playwriting and Screenwriting). Students have the opportunity to instead take these programmes as a postgraduate diploma, which involves involves only the taught components.

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The School's MLitt (Master of Letters) programmes offer rigorous core disciplinary study combined with the option of choosing a specialist subject in the module Special Topic in English, or a module from another MLitt, or even from another School altogether.

Named MLitts consist of a research skills module, a solid core of integrated specialist modules, and, for all programmes except Creative Writing and Playwriting, the opportunity to choose optional modules.