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English Literature (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-2 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

English Literature (Taught)

English Literature at Cardiff is taught by staff with an international reputation for innovative and influential research. Our passion for the subject and the strength and range of our scholarship enable us to offer a degree which is:

  • Inclusive. We teach across the whole chronological span of English Literature, from Middle English to texts of the twenty-first century. We offer modules in a range of critical approaches, from editorial and textual studies to the latest advances in critical theory. Our textual range encompasses drama, film studies, contemporary women’s writing, queer textualities, material culture, and archives. We are intrigued by the connections between literature and popular culture and literature and theory, and our teaching reflects these interests.
  • Challenging. Staff offer modules in their areas of research expertise. This means that you will engage with new, up-to-date ideas that are helping to shape and define the future of the discipline.
  • Supportive. The core modules in Research Methods and Communication will allow you to practise and perfect a range of core professional research and communication skills that will assist you on the course and beyond.
  • Diverse. A wide range of optional modules gives you the freedom to develop critical and textual specialisms, grounded in flexible research pathways.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either

  • a 2:1 honours degree
  • or a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification

English Language requirements

IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all other subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • English Literature MA Dissertation
  • Research Methods and Communications I
  • Research Methods and Communications II

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


Full-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £8,950
  • International students: £19,700

Part-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £4,475
  • International students: £9,850

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the relationships between literary texts and their cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts;
  • evaluate critically current and other relevant research in the discipline;
  • produce original research that demonstrates a systematic conceptual knowledge of the relevant issues and understanding of the conventions of academic writing at postgraduate level.

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to

  • comprehensively analyse and interpret texts drawn from a variety of sources while showing a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in the discipline;
  • undertake critically sophisticated, self-aware, and advanced original research.

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to

  • synthesise information from multiple sources while dealing with complex issues both systematically and creatively;
  • communicate sophisticated and independently researched ideas clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development, initiative, and personal responsibility;
  • knowledge of the appropriate methods and approaches for communicating research to diverse audiences.

Career paths

Postgraduate study is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia.

Many of our alumni enter (or return to) various professions including academia, primary and secondary education, journalism, publishing, archival and library work, the Civil Service, arts administration and the creative industries.

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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