MA English

What makes the MA English programme at Worcester special?

As an English MA student, you will explore an exciting range of themes that build on your existing literary knowledge. These themes span a broad range, from eco-criticism to the literary representation of the body. We also offer the chance to gain hands-on experience with the recovery and digital editing of historical texts.  

The English Literature masters course has been a complete joy. With no pressure to commit to a dissertation topic at the beginning of the year the modules can be enjoyed and explored and areas of interest discovered and developed over the duration of the course. The support, knowledge and enthusiasm of the tutors [. . .] encourages participation in class discussions and provides superb guidance with assignment writing.

Amanda Bailey, 2020

You will undertake a special study of evolving literary forms and genres, analysing the way in which forms emerge and genres change in response to social and cultural pressures. Students will be encouraged to develop new specialist interests and research skills in the context of the interdisciplinary Modern Humanities which will culminate in an independent dissertation. Your dissertation will allow you to specialise in a subject of your own choosing, and work with individual guidance from an academic expert to produce a piece of ambitious literary research. 

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‘The variety and diverse range of subjects covered allowed me to not only build upon my previous understanding of English Literature from my undergraduate degree, but also enabled me to gain new knowledge of literature and the humanities.’

Lucy Eaton, MA English Student 2019/20