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Masters in Literary Studies in English

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Professor Sandra Young (

Course outline

The new coursework Masters programme will be known as the MA in Literary Studies in English. It offers four compelling streams of inquiry, each of which is populated by clusters of semester-long elective courses that are supported by the research specialisations of lecturers in the department.

Black Literary and Intellectual Traditions

World Literatures in English

Literary Engagements with the Past

The Intersection between Creative and Critical Writing

Course structure

The first year of the MA is devoted to coursework, comprised of three electives and a core course. Students are invited to select at least two electives within each stream and a third elective from another stream.

All course work will be completed in the first year of the programme.

Students will be required to write a dissertation of 25000 words during the first and second year in the programme. Students register for the dissertation during the second year of the programme, through the following code: ELL5001W.

Compulsory (core) course

In addition to the 3 electives, students are required to take a core course which is designed to support the work of research by equipping students with the tools to do archival research, to identify and engage the field(s) within which their research is located, to formulate a compelling research topic and to structure the robust argument that will underpin the dissertation. All coursework MA students will, therefore, be required to register for the following course during their first year:

ELL5045F: Research Methods in English Literary Studies

The core course will require a 4000-word research proposal as a final output, ensuring that students are ready to start delving into research for their dissertations early in the second semester of the first year of study.


Electives are offered within each of the following streams of inquiry:

  1. Black Literary and Intellectual Traditions
  2. World Literatures in English
  3. Literary Engagements with the Past
  4. The Intersection between Creative and Critical Writing
  5. Environmental Humanities

Electives offered in 2020


How to apply