MA English Literature

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 2Yr PT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

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The MA in English Literature offers an exciting array of modules from the traditional core of English studies in the context of contemporary approaches to the subject.

Key Features

The MA allows you to range widely across English studies rather than confine yourself to a narrow field and draws on the individual research expertise of members of staff.

From the student’s point of view the MA is openly structured. You define your own pathway through the Department’s MA provision. This means that as well as choosing modules from the MA in English, you can select modules in any combination from the other specialist MAs offered by the Department, such as the MA in Welsh Writing in English and the MA in Gender and Culture.

You develop your dissertation project on a topic of your own choosing in consultation with a supervisor.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select the following compulsory modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M41Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Practice in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
EN-M80Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select at least 40 credits from the modules below. You may decide to select up to 80 credits, and not make a selection from the Optional Module choices box. To select EN-M40 you must have completed EN-M36.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Romantic Sublime
EN-M34Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Long Fiction 1
EN-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Genre: Writing for the Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1
EN-M38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art of The Short Story
EN-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poetry 2
EN-M42Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Identities: literature and nationhood
EN-M44Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender, Genre and the Nation: Women Writing Modern Wales
EN-M45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas and the Rise of Welsh Writing in English
EN-M57Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing Radio Drama
EN-M67Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Angela Carter
EN-M68Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Non-Fiction
EN-M69Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20James Joyce and Literary Theory
EN-M74Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
EN-M76Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
EN-M79Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation
EN-M82Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
MS-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Screenwriting
AND

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Part- Two Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students who succefully complete Part-1 take the 60 credit Dissertation module from below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M31Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation

MA 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EN-M80Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules -English Literature / Creative Writing Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : your selected options over the coures of Part-1 must include at least two English Literature / Creative writing modules. You may select 3 or all 4 options from English Literature / creative at Part-1 if you wish. You must not exceed 40 credit in any one teaching block

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Romantic Sublime
EN-M34Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Long Fiction 1Must be completed in order to opt for EN-M78
EN-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Genre: Writing for the Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1Must be completed in order to opt for EN-m40
EN-M38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art of The Short Story
EN-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poetry 2
EN-M42Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Identities: literature and nationhood
EN-M44Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender, Genre and the Nation: Women Writing Modern Wales
EN-M45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas and the Rise of Welsh Writing in English
EN-M57Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing Radio Drama
EN-M67Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Angela Carter
EN-M68Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Non-Fiction
EN-M69Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20James Joyce and Literary Theory
EN-M74Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
EN-M76Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
EN-M79Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation
EN-M82Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
MS-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Screenwriting
OR

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EN-M31Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation
EN-M41Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Practice in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : students select a minimum of one, a maximum of 3 modules from below. Students may not exceed 40 credits in any one teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Romantic Sublime
EN-M34Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Long Fiction 1
EN-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Genre: Writing for the Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1
EN-M38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art of The Short Story
EN-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poetry 2students must have completed EN-M36 in year 1 to opt for this module
EN-M42Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Identities: literature and nationhood
EN-M44Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender, Genre and the Nation: Women Writing Modern Wales
EN-M45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas and the Rise of Welsh Writing in English
EN-M57Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing Radio Drama
EN-M67Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Angela Carter
EN-M68Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Non-Fiction
EN-M69Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20James Joyce and Literary Theory
EN-M74Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
EN-M76Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
EN-M79Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation
EN-M82Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
MS-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Screenwriting
OR

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select the following compulsory module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M80Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select at least 20 credits from the modules below. You may decide to select up to 40 credits, and not make a selection from the Optional Module choices box. To select EN-M40 you must have completed EN-M36.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Romantic Sublime
EN-M34Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Long Fiction 1
EN-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Genre: Writing for the Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1
EN-M38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art of The Short Story
EN-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poetry 2
EN-M42Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Identities: literature and nationhood
EN-M44Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender, Genre and the Nation: Women Writing Modern Wales
EN-M45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas and the Rise of Welsh Writing in English
EN-M57Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing Radio Drama
EN-M67Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Angela Carter
EN-M68Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Non-Fiction
EN-M69Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20James Joyce and Literary Theory
EN-M74Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
EN-M76Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
EN-M79Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation
EN-M82Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
MS-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Screenwriting
AND

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select the following compulsory module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M41Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Practice in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select at least 20 credits from the modules below. Second year MA students MUST NOT select a module they have already studied in their first year. You may decide to select up to 40 credits, and not make a selection from the Optional Module choices box. To select EN-M40 you must have completed EN-M36.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Romantic Sublime
EN-M34Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Long Fiction 1
EN-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Genre: Writing for the Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1
EN-M38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art of The Short Story
EN-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poetry 2
EN-M42Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Identities: literature and nationhood
EN-M44Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender, Genre and the Nation: Women Writing Modern Wales
EN-M45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas and the Rise of Welsh Writing in English
EN-M57Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing Radio Drama
EN-M67Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Angela Carter
EN-M68Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Non-Fiction
EN-M69Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20James Joyce and Literary Theory
EN-M74Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
EN-M76Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
EN-M79Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation
EN-M82Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
MS-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Screenwriting
AND

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
MA English Literature - DISSERTATION 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M31Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation

Description

The full-time course comprises three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

The dissertation component draws on issues and themes developed throughout the year, or emerges from a topic of the student's proposing.

Part-time study is available.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in English or a relevant discipline, normally an upper second or above or equivalent.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,850 £14,900
MA Part-time £3,450 £7,500
MA Part-time £2,250 £5,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the programme do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Student Quote

"The MA in English at Swansea offers students a unique opportunity to expand their intellectual horizons in an environment that brings people together from across the globe. I've had the chance to study with people from Ireland, England, America, and Germany and the differing views and experiences that each of us bring to our classroom discussions have been an invaluable part of my education here. One of the other enormous benefits of studying in Swansea is its location. In few other places can a student read a poem by Dylan Thomas or William Wordsworth and then walk through the same streets and countryside that inspired that poet. At Swansea University a student can find a learning experience that breaks free of the confines of the classroom and that may lead them out into all the beauty and history of the city and its surrounding areas. To top it off the small class sizes create an intimate and informal atmosphere where passionate professors challenge you to make the most of your love of literature. In all I'd describe my time here at Swansea as an experience that has both deepened my love of literature while allowing me to come to view it from a more global perspective."

Robert Tretin

English Literature