Offering extensive options in both English literature and creative writing, this course helps you pursue your passion for the written word.
Pioneering research shapes our teaching. You will benefit from our extensive knowledge and expertise as you study an exciting range of writing, drama, and screen media. You will have a choice to focus either on literature or creative writing. Each option includes individual supervision as well as larger classes, visiting lectures and workshops by published authors.
This course is the perfect route towards employment or further study. Graduates have secured positions in teaching, lecturing, film production, publishing, journalism and creative writing, bookselling, librarianship, the media, public relations, archival work, marketing, advertising, and arts administration.
For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.
To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University's General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.
These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.
Applicants must normally have gained an upper second class honours degree or better in English Literature or a related discipline, but applicants with a lower second class degree may also be considered. The degree held must be from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard. Applicants may alternatively hold an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification. They must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).
In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language this course requires
a minimum English level of IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band
score less than 5.5, or equivalent.
This course is open to international (non-EU) students (full-time only).
For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink" below).
Full time: One calendar year September - September
Two and a half calendar years (five semesters) e.g. September 2016 - January 2019
Full Time: Two modules per semester. Each taught module involves one three-hour lecture/seminar meeting per week for twelve consecutive weeks. Taught modules are scheduled for evenings 6-9pm. Independent study modules involve an equivalent number of study hours, with contact hours arranged with supervisory staff.
Part Time: One module per semester. Each taught module involves one three-hour lecture/seminar meeting per week for twelve consecutive weeks. Taught modules are scheduled for evenings 6-9pm. Independent study modules involve an equivalent number of study hours, with contact hours arranged with supervisory staff.
Year of entry: 2020/21
Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events
Post Course Info
Students graduating with the MA in English Literature are well-prepared to undertake a variety of occupations, both those related directly to the nature of literary study as an academic discipline and to the subject-specific skills acquired in the course of the programme, and those of a more generally defined postgraduate-level variety.
Some typical careers followed by graduates from the course include:
- Doctoral research (For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs)
- PGCE leading to primary and secondary/grammar school teaching
- career advancement and knowledge development for serving teachers of English
- Further study on related Masters programmes at Ulster University such as History (https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201920/history-19755), Contemporary Performance Practices (https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201920/contemporary-performance-practices-19892), Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies (https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201920/cultural-heritage-and-museum-studies-19721), and Museum Practice and Management (https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201920/museum-practice-and-management-19717)
- university lectureship
- full time fiction writer, poet, dramatist, screenwriter
- magazine, newspaper and digital publishing
- archive work
- media work
- public relations