Pursue your love of English literature at an advanced level. Explore the fiction of social and political change and gain research skills to further your teaching or academic career.
Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.
Gain a broad understanding of English literature from the Renaissance to the modern day on our flexible Masters degree.
Study at ARU in Cambridge and you’ll be joining a lively and intellectual department with a long tradition of teaching excellence and an international reputation for research.
You can tailor this MA English Literature course to meet your own interests, replacing one core module with an Independent Learning Module or an option from our MA Creative Writing.
Cassie’s research revolves around science in long 17th century literature - she literally wrote the book on The Atom in Seventeenth-Century Poetry.Read Cassie's spotlight interview
Hear Course Leader Cassie talk about her project to unearth manuscripts by 17th-century women writers, and how studying English Literature helped her gain confidence to voice new ideas.Listen to Cassie’s Spotlight podcast
Voyages to other worlds in 17th Century literature by Dr Cassie Gorman.
One famous line, two things you may not realise, from Professor Eugene Giddens.
A 60 second seminar from Dr Tory Young, Principal Lecturer in English Literature at ARU.
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Our MA English Literature will give you the higher-levels skills to stand out in today’s competitive job market.
If you are a teacher, you could study with us to update your knowledge and further your existing career, or even move into another discipline. Or, if you are looking to move on to an academic post, this course will give you the research skills you will need for your future career.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD English Literature or PhD English Language and Linguistics. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
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