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English Literature


Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    MA English Literature
    School of Humanities
    Campus or location
    Newton Park and Corsham Court
    Course length
    One year full time or two years part time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

    Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Take the 'long-view' and explore literature for a modern world with our Master's in English Literature.

    • Focus on writers and writings that cross borders between languages, disciplines and identities.
    • Explore how authors and readers analyse, diagnose and disrupt their contemporary moment.
    • Opt for innovative assessments with ‘real world’ applications.

    Our Master's in English Literature draws on the wide-ranging research expertise of our team, using texts from various eras to take ‘the long view’ of literature’s relationship to the transformations, conflicts and crises of today.

    MA English Literature at Bath Spa contextualises the contemporary. It addresses urgent debates around global politics, gender identity, cultural difference and technological shifts in literature and wider culture. 

    Distinctive, flexible modules foster conversations between genres, disciplines and modes of enquiry, equipping you as a twenty-first century writer and thinker.

    What you'll learn


    This course will engage you in advanced studies in the history of literary experimentation as it has reacted to the forces of social, political and planetary change.

    Alongside an introductory module that will involve practical work on research techniques and theories, you'll work closely with tutors on three modules – ‘Emergencies’, ‘Intersections’, and ‘Materialities’.

    Course structure

    Research: methods, resources, dissemination
    This module will refresh and further develop your research and writing skills, and introduce significant theories and approaches. We'll also use this as a space in which to develop a supportive scholarly community, helping you to make the transition into postgraduate study.

    Intersections: rewriting gender
    This module addresses a long and dynamic counter-tradition that questions the categories assigned to us as gendered subjects. It focuses on texts – literary and otherwise – that recognise the reductiveness of fixed, binary structures in art as in life.

    Emergencies: literature in a time of crisis
    This module begins from the observation that history is comprised of ‘emergencies’. This involves you in debates over, for example, place, globality, and environmentalism; equality, democracy and diversity. It aims to spark imaginative and critical connections between literature, art, philosophy, and politics.

    Materialities: the past and futures of the book
    This module explores the book – ‘the most powerful object of our time’ – as both a capacious idea and a fluid, material form. Each form – whether digital, printed, serialised, an app, or as art – has its own history, and each form fundamentally changes the questions we can ask of the words embodied therein.

    Dissertation / Project
    This module allows you to pursue an area of study of your own choice to a high level. You can opt for a dissertation, or design a Project of equivalent weight. The Project offers you the opportunity to find a form that can give your work enhanced impact in the world beyond university.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is about far more than your grade. Our aim is to offer you various platforms on which to build your own independent ‘voice’ as a writer and researcher, and to develop your ideas collaboratively with others.

    We all love a good academic essay, but you might want to communicate your research online, via an electronic edition, by way of an event, or through another medium of your choice.

    The assessments in all modules, as well as the final Project / Dissertation, allow you to pursue ways of working that suit your own style of learning, and which fit your personal career trajectory. For instance, we would be excited to work with you on a Project / Dissertation in consultation and collaboration with external agencies or employers.

    How will I be taught?

    You’ll learn mostly through weekly sessions, including lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. Additionally, staff are available every week for scheduled ‘office hours’ at Newton Park. Your Dissertation / Project will be devised with the guidance of a supervisor, and could involve an approved external mentor.


    Work placements, industry links and internships

    The Project / Dissertation module includes the option of pursuing your research project in consultation and collaboration with external agencies or employers.


    This course has been designed to enable you to become confident in analysing complex problems, in exploring and formulating practical solutions, and in developing effective and nuanced methods of communication.

    It encourages you to work independently and in collaboration with others. Career opportunities for graduates from this MA include:

    • Research and development in the public sector (policy think-tanks, national and international NGOs, equalities and social justice)
    • Careers in academic and literary publishing
    • Media communications
    • Education
    • Positions in archives
    • Curation and librarianship
    • Further postgraduate study.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    This MA will be taught across two of Bath Spa University’s sites: Newton Park, a modern campus on an eighteenth-century estate just outside Bath city centre; and at the postgraduate campus located at historic Corsham Court.

    You'll have access to excellent facilities, including:


    In addition to the Library and online access to secondary and primary resources, we draw on the University’s own archive, other archives and museum collections, and the campus itself in our teaching.


    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2020/21 entry £7,400
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

    UK and EU students part time

    Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

    2020/21 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 £3,700
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021

    2021/22 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2021
    Year 2 Published Jan 2022

    2022/23 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2022
    Year 2 Published Jan 2023

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2020/21 entry £13,700
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    We're interested in students who are excited by texts from diverse eras and genres, who are curious about work that crosses boundaries, and who want to challenge themselves to communicate the enduring power of literature with precision and passion.

    Applicants should have a good honours degree in an area of literary studies or a related humanities subject.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

    Interview and portfolio guidance

    We interview based on your application form and personal statement.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
    Course leader: Dr Faith Binckes
    Email: f.binckes@bathspa.ac.uk 

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