English MA

English MA

The English MA is an exciting new programme at DMU, taught by internationally renowned staff with cutting edge research in medieval manuscripts, Shakespeare, screen adaptations and early modern printing.


Reasons to study English MA at DMU:

  • Specialist areas of study 
    provide an opportunity to develop advanced English skills through expert supervision in a topic of your own choosing which you develop across the programme, such as film adaptation, periodical culture or romanticism.
  • Specialist staff with international reputations 
    in areas ranging from medieval manuscripts to postmodernism will work with you in groups and in regular one-to-one sessions.
  • Research and transferable skills 
    are developed through practical training in writing for publication, teaching and research, presenting work and event management, providing you with up-to-date skills in presenting work, publishing, research and managing cultural events.
  • Preparation for further study 
    as the MA, with its focus on individual research, provides ideal preparation for progression to PhD as well as establishing an excellent grounding for careers in education, the arts and the media.
  • Participation in major research events
    through the Centre for Adaptations and Centre for Textual Studies which will provide you with your own working spaces, opportunities to participate in international conferences and to meet researchers from all over the world

The English MA offers the best of both taught and research-focused postgraduate courses, enabling students to concentrate on their chosen assessments and individual interests while teaching them the practical skills involved in Humanities research, ranging from first-hand experience of conference management, presenting work and writing for publication. It is an ideal stepping-stone to either research at PhD level or a career in teaching, publishing, research or event management. The focus on individual choice, developing your own specialisms, enables you to produce your best possible work.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2018

Fees and funding: For  2019/20 tuition fees will be UK/EU £5,300 (full-time) per year, £422 per 15 credits (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2018

Fees and funding international: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,600 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree. If you have other professional qualifications and/or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

As you will be working largely independently, you need to be self-motivated and have good time management skills.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Programme structure 


Module overview

English Research Training
The module equips you in the necessary research skills in English, offering a range of methodological and practical approaches. You will contribute to workshops in research presentation, writing for publication, teaching and research, and working with sources. You will present your research ideas to fellow students in poster form; you will also write an extended essay in which you contextualise your research goals in relation to issues in English as raised by the course.

Putting Methods into Practice 
This module runs alongside English Research Training, equipping you to put into practice the skills and methodologies explored there.  Weekly workshops will investigate how different approaches (e.g. feminist, Marxist, editorial, and Adaptation) can be applied to literary texts, using Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a test case.   You will write a review of the play (as text or performance); you will produce three blog posts reflecting on what you learned in workshops; you will write a critical essay putting a methodological approach into practice.

Conference Organisation and Presentation
The module is designed to train you in the skills involved in event organisation and presentation. It will involve collaborative as well as individual research skills. You will be guided through the necessary training in organising a conference, choosing a topic and delivering a relevant paper. You will be assigned roles (treasurer, programme developer, marketing manager, website designer) and will also present a paper at the conference. You will be assessed on a reflective essay, outlining your contribution to the management of the conference and a written version of your presentation (including slides).

English Project Research Training
The module is designed to train you in the skills involved in designing and writing a research project in English Literature or Language. The aims of the course are to prepare the groundwork for the final dissertation and to enable you to present and receive feedback from your peers. You will produce a research proposal and critical review of relevant literature. You will also produce a case study in which the methodology and contextual research used in the proposal and critical review are tested.

The final project will be a sustained piece of writing, amounting to 15,000 words (although Creative Writing projects will vary in word count). The piece will draw on research undertaken throughout the year but will provide a new and sustained argument.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current



At the beginning of the year, you will be asked to complete learning contracts in collaboration with your personal tutor which will identify the main areas you wish to pursue across the programme, such as Romanticism, adaptations, periodical writing or early modern printing, which will form the basis for all your assessments. For example, a student wishing to pursue the English MA in the area of Shakespeare and film, may wish to conduct a literature search on work on Shakespeare adaptations, write a book review on Russell Jackson’s Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema (2014), design a poster outlining the various film adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew, present a conference paper on Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film of Hamlet and write a dissertation on the Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier.

The motivation for the masters programme is to develop your skills from module to module, ensuring that each module develops skills that will contribute to the following module. The course consists of 180 credits with four 30-credit modules followed by a 60-credit dissertation, moving from taught to research-based study. The programme introduces you to a range of approaches and subject areas within the Humanities, to be translated into your choice of assessment topic. You will commence the course with two taught programmes in English research methodologies and in Humanities research skills training. In the second term, you are trained in conference planning and presentation in which you will participate in the organisation and delivery of a Humanities conference in which you will may have the opportunity to present your work. Following from these opportunities to present and receive feedback, you will focus on independent work in which you will lay the groundwork for your dissertation of 15,000 words.

The programme is designed to provide for intense immersive learning for those who wish to complete in a year, as well as to suit those who need to fit their study around busy and demanding professional and personal lives. 

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 3 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 32 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week.



Full-time students:

Semester 1 has been designed to introduce students to methodologies in English and to provide both practical and theoretical training in developing research to Masters Level. You will be taught in lunchtime sessions two modules, English Research Training and Putting Methods into Practice. You will meet your personal tutor in the first week of term and design a learning contract, outlining the areas you wish to cover over the three semesters.

Semester 2 develops from the first semester and offers you a taught module on Conference Organisation and Presentation and a self-directed study in which you prepare the groundwork for your final dissertation, in a critical survey and/or case study.

Semester 3 is devoted to the final 15,000-word dissertation that should build on the work completed over the previous semesters.

Part-time students:

Year 1 Semester 1 offers support alongside full-time students in English Research Training and Putting Methods into Practice. These modules will be taught back-to-back during lunchtimes each week during term and you will submit work for English Research Training in Year one, first semester and for Putting Methods into Practice in Year one, third semester.

Year 1 Semester 2 focuses on the development and consolidation of practice from semester one in Conference Organisation and Presentation.

Year 1 Semester 3 provides you with an opportunity for independent learning and reflection based on the workshops in Putting Methods into Practice. You are offered this time to prepare your assessments.

Year 2 Semester 1: During this semester you will complete the Project Research Training module, a self-directed study in which you prepare the groundwork for your final dissertation, in a critical survey and/or case study.

Year 2 Semester 2 and 3 are devoted to the final 15,000-word dissertation that should build on the work completed over the previous semesters.

Facilities and features


The course offers opportunities to visit archives in De Montfort University (such as the newly acquired Andrew Davies archive of scripts, correspondence and unperformed screenplays) and afield, for example the British Library or British Film Institute in London.

You are provided with a dedicated space in the ground floor of the Clephan Building that includes computers, scanners, printers and social area.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


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Students can undertake careers in a range of areas, including events management, teaching and further research including PhD research

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