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What will I learn?

About this course

MA English Literature at LJMU offers you the opportunity to pursue advanced study, at the leading edges of the subject, within a vibrant community of scholars.

  • Embark on this interdisciplinary MA that studies literature in its diverse forms as a way of exploring complex questions about what it means to be human
  • Enjoy a thematic approach to study, based around ideas of place, mobility, bodies and objects
  • Explore an eclectic range of texts, periods, theories and genres within these broad themes
  • Join a supportive research culture and work alongside emerging and established scholars at the cutting-edge of their subject
  • Benefit from a valuable foundation for progression to doctoral research and many other careers in the cultural and heritage industries

The course explores the deeper potential of that most eclectic and interdisciplinary of subjects—English—and extends your reading and research into exciting new areas. You will master skills of research, analysis, argument and writing that are both a vital preparation for doctoral research and highly valued by employers.

The MA English Literature is designed to help you think critically about the role of literature in history and explore some of the new directions scholars in English are taking.

The programme consists of a series of modules each within a theme that highlights key approaches and issues in contemporary literary studies:

  • Place and Mobilities examine the way space structures our thinking about literature and culture, rethinking terms such as locality and environment, nation and world
  • Objects and Bodies address ongoing debates about the body in history and, more recently, emerging theories of the relation between humans, animals, and things

In all of these modules we explore a wide range of literature from the early modern period to the present, from Britain, America, Europe and beyond.

Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessments have been designed to develop a creative engagement with different material and confirm your confidence in the discipline.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,600.00 (US$ 21,464) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Liverpool John Moores University

Egerton Court (Headquarters),

2 Rodney Street,

Liverpool,

L1 2UA, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You will need: 2:1 or above in Literature, Cultural History, or a related subject. Additional information: Applications are welcomed from highly motivated, non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications; IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 (minimum 7.0 in written work) in each component); Pearson requirements: 59-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes); RPL is accepted on this programme. You may need to meet university staff as part of the selection process.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world, under 50 years of age & boasts UK top 50 status on 129 courses.

  • Investment of GBP 160 million into cutting-edge facilities
  • Located in ‘the coolest place to live in the UK’
  • Students from over 100 different countries