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School of Humanities


MA Full-time 1 year, Part-time Day and Evening 2 years

The MA English course aims to provide a stimulating intellectual environment that will enable you to build upon the interests and skills you acquired at undergraduate level.

The MA English course aims to provide a stimulating intellectual environment that will enable you to build upon the interests and skills you acquired at undergraduate level.

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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time Day and Evening
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year), Part-time Day and Evening (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

The MA English course aims to provide a stimulating intellectual environment that will enable you to build upon the interests and skills you acquired at undergraduate level.

It features core modules in both advanced critical theory and research methodologies that will enhance your abilities in academic research, writing, and presentation, enabling you to meet the standards demanded by employers throughout your professional life.

 "The module leader should be commended for running such an impressive course and for his clear concern that students achieve their potential." (2013/14 External Examiner comments).

 “In my opinion, there are no weaknesses in the programme. The introduction of new modules in English Language and Linguistics in 2015/16 will majorly enhance the learning and development of students who a) come to the MA without English as their first language, or b) wish to extend their language skills to an advanced level alongside their studies in literature.” (2014/15 External Examiner’s Report)

  • Distinctive strands for English Literature and English Language/Applied Linguistics
  • Taught application of current theory and research methods
  • A distinctive themed focus upon literary genres, periods, authors and adaptations
  • Contemporary approaches to language analysis and language acquisition
  • Ideal for both career development and preparation for research degrees
  • Led by academic scholars published in their fields


What happens on the course?

Learning and teaching takes place through lectures and mini-lectures, seminars, seminar presentations, and research exercises. Coursework is assessed primarily by essay, although this can take various forms (for example, research proposal; book review; or editorial project introduction). Typically, classes meet in the evenings from 6-8 p.m. 

Modules in research methods and advanced critical theory provide foundations for the dissertation, the culmination of the course. For the dissertation, you will choose a substantially original research topic and be supervised by a specialist tutor in that area.

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 “I have only praise for the teaching and support I received.  The smaller group allowed for more focus on the individual learning curve and the seminars provided not only knowledge and guidance but encouraged our independent and creative thoughts to be brought into the discussions, developing and sometimes challenging our own perspectives.” (2011-12 MA graduate)

This course has been specifically designed to provide students with a taught programme of study that combines both breadth and depth in subject content, in order to stimulate individuals’ research interests. Its unique structure uses a series of themed module pairs which focus upon one of the following: major authors from historical and contemporary periods; the intertextual relationships between genre, context and form; enhancement of research and interpretive skills.

Students are supported in making the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study throughout with subject-specific coaching on the use and application of literary theories and academic conventions, and again through the personal supervision of individual dissertations.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Dr. Ben Colbert.


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Provide evidence of a high level of independent thought and originality in the context of English Studies.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for high-order thinking with independent analysis, synthesis and scholarly engagement.
  • Demonstrate an ability to contextualise and synthesise various methodologies, theories and analytical tool relevant to English studies.
  • Employ a thorough and sophisticated use of academic conventions and expressive style to a level appropriate for publication. 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time Day and Evening £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


Students should have a good honours BA honours degree, normally with at least half of that Award in English. International students will need IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in every element.     Once a written application has been received (including references), the subject team may decide that an applicant requires an interview before a final decision is made on her/his application.  


Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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