MA English Studies

This course offers a flexible, challenging Master’s programme, delivered by a team of tutors with internationally recognised academic expertise in specialist areas.

There are three routes you can choose from on the MA English Studies; a specialised pathway in contemporary literature, film & theory, a specialised pathway in the gothic and a general english studies route where students can build their own bespoke programme choosing units from either pathway

Funding Opportunities

Did you know there is funding available for you to do your postgraduate degree?

Introduction to Postgraduate Study

What’s it like to study in Manchester?

Manchester is one of the busiest and best student cities on the planet.

MA English Studies: The Gothic

MA English Studies: The Gothic begins with the pre-history of the Gothic mode in the seventeenth century, explores its eighteenth and nineteenth-century incarnations and concludes with contemporary manifestations of the mode. Students study plays and novels, films and television, framed by socio-cultural perspectives and critical and theoretical analyses. 

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MA English Studies: Contemporary Literature, Film and Theory

MA English Studies: Contemporary Literature, Film and Theory focuses on contemporary cultural practices and critical theoretical interventions. This pathway reflects research strengths in contemporary literary and film studies, critical and cultural theory, memory and trauma studies, the critical medical humanities and queer, postcolonial and cultural disability studies.

MA English Studies (general route)

If you opt for the general route, you can choose any three of the six core units offered, plus 'Practices' and a Dissertation in any area of English Studies.

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What is it like to study in Manchester?

Our Manchester Campus

Be part of where the arts meet business meets science, and where applied research informs academic rigour, in one of the busiest and best student cities on the planet.

Where the world is on your doorstep; from arts, culture, history, music and theatre, to a world of sports at all levels, and where an entrepreneurial spirit abounds; an amazing choice of food, drink and entertainment, and where the most fashionable students are seen.

Here, there and everywhere

Getting in and out of Manchester is a breeze. Rail and road links are great, and the city is handily placed for all manner of events and attractions. Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in Britain after Gatwick and Heathrow, with direct flights all over the world. For some picture-postcard scenery, the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park are a little more than an hour away.

Having said that, you’ve got everything you need right here in Manchester – from pubs and clubs, to food and football, to culture and entertainment, to art and architecture, and much more besides.

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How to Apply

The link below will take you to our online prospectus where you can apply for the course.

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Francesca Gattuso

MA English Studies

"...if you like literature, if you like developing your critical thinking, you are in the right place!"

Francesca Gattuso

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Why not visit us to find out about our facilities and studying a postgraduate course at university. Come and talk to us about courses, how to apply and details of funding and financial support.

Postgraduate Open Day (on-campus): 20 November 2019, 2-6pm

Postgraduate Open Day Online Open Day