|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||£14,950 per year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
an overall grade of 2:2 and above
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS: 7.0 overall (with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.5 in writing)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
Reference should be written on official letterhead, signed and dated. Please upload it in the Documents section.
Our department offers a distinctively comparative approach to the study of literature; at Essex you don’t just study English literature, you study world literature in English. You explore literature across time, geography, and genre, combining scholarly research with innovative, practical ways of engaging with texts.
You grapple with the challenges of conducting research into Shakespeare and other early modern literature, acquiring specialist skills in archival research, palaeography, and the study of rare and antiquated books. You study materials on 18th century drama and literature, visiting the UK’s only surviving Regency Theatre to investigate how architecture affected the content of drama, and how drama reflected Georgian society. You have the opportunity to explore the history of genres such as the novel and lyric poetry, and study a truly extensive range of work; your reading takes you from African American literature, through Caribbean literatures, to the literature and performance of New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow and London.
Our department is ranked Top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015), and three-quarters of our research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).
Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis
Georgian and Romantic Literature and Drama
Early Modern to Eighteenth Century Literature
The New Nature Writing (optional)
Writing the Novel (optional)
Memory Maps: Practices in Psychogeography (optional)
Dramatic Structure (optional)
Literature and Performance in the Modern City (optional)
Documentary and the Avant-garde: Film, Video, Digital (optional)
Film and Video Production Workshop (optional)
Advanced Film and Industry: Production and Industry (optional)
US Nationalism and Regionalism (optional)
African American Literature (optional)
Sea of Lentils: Modernity, Literature, and Film in the Caribbean (optional)
Writing Magic (optional)
“There is a Continent Outside My Window” : United States and Caribbean Literatures in Dialogue (optional)
Literature and the Environmental Imagination: 19th to 21st Century Poetry and Prose (optional)
A good literature degree opens many doors.
We offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MA by Dissertation in different literatures and various approaches to literature, covering most aspects of early modern and modern writing in English, plus a number of other languages.