English MA (Hons) 2021 entry
The MA (Hons) in English will teach you to closely read texts across a range of genres and historical eras, and to consider the ideas, human values and historical forces that have helped shape literature.
As part of your degree, you will be introduced to a wide spectrum of literary works, from medieval texts in Old English and Scots to Renaissance plays, contemporary poetry, revolutionary 19th-century novels and more.
More information for 2021 entry will be available in September 2020. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2020 page.
Master of Arts (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: September 2021
- End date: June 2025
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- Standard entry grades: AAAAB, including A in English
- Minimum entry grades: AABB, including A in English
- Gateway entry grades: BBBB
- Standard entry grades: AAA, including A in English or English Literature
- Minimum entry grades: ABB, including A in English or English Literature
- Standard entry grades: 38 (HL 6,6,6), including HL6 in English
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5), including HL6 in English
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 8.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
Students must have studied English or English Literature at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level or equivalent.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
The School of English at the University of St Andrews enjoys an international reputation as a centre for both academic research and literary creativity.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated 86% of research from the School as world-leading and internationally excellent.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take English as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
“I chose to study English here partly due to the excellent reputation of the School and partly for the opportunity to study both well-known and obscure pieces of literature. The small group tutorials are invaluable in sounding out ideas for essays, learning how better to build an argument, and gaining confidence in literary analysis.”
Calum (South Lanarkshire, Scotland)