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English MA

  • Entry requirements: 2:1 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location: Loughborough
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • School: Arts, English and Drama

Programme information

Our programme takes account of 21st-century developments in the field, giving students a transhistorical and often multidisciplinary research approach to a set of broad, founding concepts, which ensures they are up-to-date with the evolving digital focus of recent research in English studies.

Our research specialisms include American studies and the literary periods Early Modern, Victorian, and Modern and Contemporary. Additional areas of expertise include linguistics, Irish studies, drama, and the history of the book.

Our flagship ‘Research Mentoring’ module – where students work under the mentorship of a range of literary experts, studying the research they are currently undertaking – allows students to follow a specific specialism through their MA.

In addition to the online application, initial assessment will be based on a sample of written work (2,000-4,000 words), CV, personal statement, and confidential reports from two named referees. 

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in English, Drama or a related subject. Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here. 

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more here


You will be assessed by essays (from 2,000 to 5,000 words), by learning journals, presentations or the use of online resources. The final Dissertation module is 15,000 words. 


Future Career Prospects

This programme meets the needs of students seeking to qualify for entry to a research degree, teachers of literature and those wishing to update their knowledge or develop their own research skills. 

The information published here reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 1 £7,250 £16,100

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.