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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our one-year Masters by Research degree allows you to explore your interests in greater depth while developing skills that’ll prepare you for further study or a variety of specialist career paths.

With the expert guidance of your supervisor, you’ll undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice and use your findings to produce a thesis of around 30,000 words.

Unlike our Masters and MRes degrees, this course focuses entirely on research. Instead of studying taught modules, you’ll complete research skills development activities and receive support in planning and carrying out your project.

Our diverse and welcoming research community plays an active role in the intellectual and social life of the wider University. Dedicated events, research groups, and social activities will connect you with other research students from across the institution.

You’ll have access to a range of funding, training and development opportunities, allowing you to support your studies, enhance your employability, and get the most out of your time at Leeds.

You’ll also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as Leeds Playhouse, Opera North, and Ilkley Literature Festival, as well as our links with universities around the world.

Areas of supervision

We offer expert supervision in a wide range of specialisms, and also participate in joint supervision with other subject areas to support interdisciplinary research.

You can explore our research and view our staff list to see the breadth of expertise available. We have particular strengths in:

  • American literature and culture
  • Critical and cultural theory
  • Drama and theatre studies
  • Eighteenth-century and Romantic literature
  • English language (corpus, forensic and ethnographic linguistics, stylistics)
  • Medieval and Early Modern
  • Modern and contemporary (British and Irish)
  • New humanities (medical, environmental, digital, digital editing)
  • Postcolonial literature and culture
  • Victorian literature

Tuition fees

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University information

University of Leeds

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  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    21st out of 106

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    156 76%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%



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