Studying an English Masters in the UK

School of English

Complete your Masters at a world top 75 university in a region steeped in literary history.

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The School of English at the University of Leeds is home to a range of expertise, including its long-standing commitment to Postcolonial literature and recent developments with Medical Humanities and Environment. 

Our courses combine inspiring teaching with independent research, giving you both a solid knowledge base and the freedom to explore what fascinates you most and prepare for a rewarding career. 

Learn alongside leading academics including Professor Simon Armitage, the UK’s 21st Poet Laureate, and follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as you climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey or explore nearby Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, when you live and learn in a city surrounded by literary history.  

Our Masters programmes

This course appeals both to those who wish to deepen and broaden their creative writing practice, and to those who are working towards a single publishable piece of work.

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Discover the incredible diversity of English literature throughout history and around the globe with this broad and varied Masters degree.

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Postcolonial studies takes the pulse of contemporary societies and cultures in the context of an increasingly interconnected yet deeply complex world.

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This degree is ideal if you’d like to conduct more extensive independent research at Masters level, and is excellent preparation for either work or further study.

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Hear from our students

In this video series our Masters students and the academics that have played a big part in their time at Leeds sit down to reflect on the past year. 

You’ll hear about topics such as what it’s like to study a Masters compared to an undergraduate, how students tackle their research projects, student experience on particular modules and more. 

Taster talks

Our School is home to a vibrant and innovative research community in which we blend research and practice to explore an diverse and extensive range of areas including many interdisciplinary endeavours.

Our taster talks were recorded during a workshop for the MA Research Project module, which prepares our students for their dissertations and creative project research. The talk will give you a flavour of the different interests and expertise of staff within the School of English, which informs the kinds of module content and teaching on our MA programmes.

'Initiating the public discourse of a new novel'

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'Click, click, click: Capturing the time of hot-metal composition in the late nineteenth century'

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