MA Programme

English MA

About the course

The English MA at DMU provides you with an opportunity to design and pursue your own personal English programme at master’s level, while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars.

The programme allows you to study in a way that is most appropriate to your own individual circumstances, and has been designed to suit your preferred learning style(s). You can take up to 90 credits from our taught postgraduate provision, while the rest of the programme will be completed through negotiated learning agreements. 

There are a wide range of subject areas to choose from, and you can create a programme of study which is interdisciplinary and unique to your specialist interests or skills. The programme also allows you to be supervised by leading national and international scholars, researchers and practitioners drawn from the unique breadth of specialist areas available in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities.

Areas of study

You are able to exercise choice and control over the aims of your course, the content and context of your studies, and the criteria against which your achievement is assessed. You can take up to 90 credits from our taught modules (subject to approval), and you design your programme of study between and across the subject areas that we offer. 

The first module, ‘Research Methods: The Idea of the Contemporary’ introduces students to a range of topics from the medieval to the contemporary period, and to a range of English staff and English methodologies.  This will enable you to devise your own individual learning contract that might pursue one specialist area (such as Film and Literature) or you may wish to maintain a diversity of subject areas (for instance, distinct 30 credit modules on Medieval Literature, Shakespeare and Contemporary Poetry). 

A contract would consist of 180 credits, typically made up of 90 taught and 90 research credits. Throughout the programme you are invited to attend the Doctoral Training Programme that introduces English research students to topics such as writing for publication, presenting work, teaching and research and using archives.

You will be allocated to a mentor with whom you devise your contract but you will also work with the relevant specialist English tutors.

The Introductory module may be delivered in one or two whole days and the rest of the programme will be in your own negotiated time.

You can apply directly on the attached form.

Internal DMU applicants should use this form

Past & Current MA Students’ Topics

To find out more about the English MA, please contact:

Professor Deborah Cartmell (  

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