MA English Literature

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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.

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Studying English Literature at ARU

Shelley studied both BA and MA English Literature at ARU and, thanks to support and encouragement from lecturers, has her sights set on a future in academia.

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.

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  • make the most of studying in the picturesque city of Cambridge, with its wealth of literary connections and opportunities.

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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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