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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Keele University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Throughout your studies you will:

  • follow a full research training programme leading to the completion of an original dissertation in a topic of their choosing;
  • take core modules designed to deepen their understanding of methodologies appropriate to the study of literature from the Renaissance to Contemporary periods;
  • choose an optional module from a variety of disciplines, including English or American Literature, Creative Writing or Film, or you can choose to take a Work Placement module;
  • work with a research-active supervisor to develop and pursue their dissertation, and participate in the academic life of the programme more generally;
  • receive pastoral support from a personal tutor and Programme Director;
  • receive support if applying for PhD study at Keele University or further afield.


Assessment on the course is conducted through coursework and (in some cases) individual presentations. Assessment across the course is designed to develop the research and communication skills necessary to complete a substantial dissertation.


Pursuing postgraduate study enhances students’ employment prospects because it nurtures more advanced critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills than those developed through an undergraduate degree. Throughout the course we offer students the opportunity to reflect on the skills they are developing and, importantly, how they can articulate these skills in applications and interviews. We work closely with the university’s Careers and Employability Service to offer bespoke sessions on postgraduate employability throughout the academic year and students also have the option to complete a Work Placement module as part of their course.

Most graduate jobs do not require a specific degree as qualification which means our graduates go on to work in a wide range of careers from teaching to management consulting. However, our graduates typically go on to work in fields such as culture and heritage, education, marketing, communications, public relations, publishing, copywriting, and information management. A number of students also go on to complete PhDs at Keele and elsewhere.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 16,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Keele University

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  • Campus address

    Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG, England

Keele students represent over 120 different nationalities. A welcoming campus, Keele recognises the benefits of such a diverse population of cultures and ideas.
Keele provides individual and group language and academic skills guidance for international students at all levels, through its language centre on campus.
Keele offers a friendly and supportive environment for international students. A range of cultural events are arranged and celebrated throughout the year.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    59th out of 100 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    117 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56.0 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%



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