MA in English Language and Literary Studies
The MA in English Language and Literary Studies is ideal for you if you would like to combine your studies of English Language with the study of literature and literary theory. This MA is taught jointly by the Department of Linguistics and English Language and the Department of English and Creative Writing, allowing a great deal of flexibility to follow your own interests.
The scheme consists of six credit-bearing modules of coursework, of which at least two must be from each department, at least one research methods course and a dissertation Support for your studies is provided by the non-credit Postgraduate Academic Study Skills module, which runs in terms 1, 2 and 3.
The programme seeks to provide extensive and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of:
- some of the most central areas of English language study, including particularly its uses and functions in different literary genres and its role in the social world (especially in relation to issues of gender, class and power)
- some of the main theoretical approaches to the study of English language and of discourse more generally
- some of the main developments in different periods of English literature
- some of the main developments in current literary theory
- the most relevant research methodologies for the investigation of English language and literature.
The MA in English Language and Literary Studies consists of six credit-bearing modules of coursework, at least one research methods course and a dissertation. Support for your studies is provided by the non-credit Postgraduate Academic Study Skills module, which runs in terms 1, 2 and 3.
The six credit-bearing modules can be selected out of the choices offered by the Department of Linguistics and English Language and the Department of English and Creative Writing . You will have to include at least two English Language modules and two Literary Studies modules. You will take 3 credit modules in Term 1 and 3 credit modules in Term 2.
The modules choices offered will vary from year to year, for 2015/16 the available modules will be:
|English Language modules||Literary studies modules|
English Grammar: A Cognitive Approach
Introduction to Discourse Studies *
Language, Literacies and Digital Communication
Critical Discourse Analysis *
Experimental Approaches to Language and Cognition
Learning and Teaching in Digitally Mediated Spaces
Contemporary British Fiction
Contemporary Gothic: Text and Screen
Politics and Place in Early Modern Literature
Writing the Nineteenth Century City
Posthumanism: Literature after the Human
Romance and Realism: The Evolution Of 19th
Victorian Literature and Other Media
* You must study Introduction to Discourse Studies in term 1 if you want to take Critical Discourse Analysis in term 2
Director of Studies: Chris Hart
Programme length: full-time (12 months), part-time (24 months)
Audience: This MA is aimed at students interested in interdisciplinary frameworks for the investigation of the interface between English language and English and American literature of various historical periods.
Assessment: Coursework and dissertation
Deadline for applications: 2nd August
Enquiries: Marjorie Wood
Employment prospects: We have recently broadened the scope of this programme so that it equips you for work in teaching and publishing, and also lays the foundation for further studies at PhD level.
Undergraduate upper-second class degree or higher, in a relevant specialism (language studies or linguistics-oriented subject preferred)
For students who have studied outside of the United Kingdom see Postgraduate Taught Programmes International Qualifications
English language level (for applicants whose native language is not English)
IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved): Our official requirement for IELTS is a score of at least 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing elements and 6.0 in the listening and speaking elements.
If applicants have taken these exams in the last two years we can accept their test scores; otherwise we ask that they take the exam again.
If applicants have either/both of the following, completed within the last 2 years they may not need to submit a test score:
- 2 years’ full-time study at undergraduate level, in the UK or other majority English speaking country
- 1 year’s full-time study at postgraduate level, in the UK or other majority English speaking country
See the university guidance on English Language Requirements for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Study
What our Students Say
Gozde Ersoy , 2009-10 (Turkey)
My programme was called MA in English Language and Contemporary Literary Studies (now MA in English Language and Literary Studies) which was a joint degree by the department of Linguistics and English Language and English and Creative Writing. It has been very rewarding for me because above all it gave me the chance to look at things from different perspectives. Each seminar course was like a new adventure and discovery, professors were giving the course syllabus and reading lists from the first week and posting additional essential readings on LUVLE site days before seminar hours and this was encouraging and showing helpful direction to us for our independent researches. One of the things I enjoyed a lot was the opportunity to receive course modules with other MA programme students; personally I had friends from Language Studies, TESOL, TEFL, Creative Writing, Contemporary Literary Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies programme and we were all sharing the same atmosphere for learning the common areas of interest which obviously provided lively seminar hours to discuss the topics. I enrolled a MA programme in English Language and Literary Studies but with the 'auditing' system which gives a student the chance to receive a module from another programme; I could also build upon my English Language Teaching skills with TESOL and TEFL students.
Gain CELTA Accreditation to Teach English
A supplementary course open to all our MA students is the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
The CELTA is one of the most internationally recognised initial teaching qualification in the world, preferred by employers as proof of teaching ability. It equips participants with practical skills and techniques, and hands on experience teaching students.
A month long course for Lancaster students is available in September 2016. Based in the Czech Republic, you can put knowledge and skills gained through a degree at Lancaster into practice in a real teaching environment at our partner school, the European Language Examination Centre.
For more information regarding entry requirements, visa requirements, fees and course content, please contact the course Director, Darren Perrett (firstname.lastname@example.org), visit their website: CELTA training or download the brochure (PDF)
Please note: This course is independently run by Evropské centrum jazykových zkoušek (European Language Examination Centre), an institution officially accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment. Course fees will apply, please see the European Language Examination Centre website for details.