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


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.


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
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
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
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Your selected options must include at least 2 English Literature & Creative Writings from the options below. You may, if you wish, also select 3 or all 4 of your options from the English Literature & Creative Writing options. Students opting for EN-M40 in TB2 myst have previously completed EN-M36 in TB1. Students opting for EN-M78 in TB2 must have previously completed EN-M34 in TB1.

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 Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1
EN-M37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing the Self
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-M69Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20James Joyce and Literary Theory
ENM700Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Thriller Writing
EN-M71Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20International Dramaturgy
EN-M74Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
EN-M75Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modernist writing in London, Paris and New York
EN-M76Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
EN-M78Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Long Fiction 2
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


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.

How To Apply

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,650 £14,350
MA Part-time £3,350 £7,200
MA Part-time £2,200 £4,800

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: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

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