English MA (Honours) 2022 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 Older Scots to Renaissance plays, contemporary poetry, revolutionary 19th-century novels and more.
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 University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2021. More than 93% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated 86% of research from the School as world-leading and internationally excellent.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take English as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
It is also possible to combine a degree in English with two modern languages. Any combination of Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian and Spanish is available. Triple degrees taken with Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.
“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)