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Study a graduate program in English literature

What will I study in a graduate English literature program?

Graduate English literature programs are aimed at students who have already studied the subject at undergraduate level and want to deepen both their knowledge of English literature and improve their literary analysis skills.
You can expect to study different conceptual approaches to literature, improve your research skills and focus on a particular type or period of literature through an extended essay or dissertation.
A postgraduate course in English literature will allow you to develop your knowledge of a particular topic that might have interested you for years. This could be anything from the literature of North America to representations of Islam in modern writing. The choice is yours.

Length of program

The length of a graduate English literature program depends on the course, country and institution you choose to study in. Many postgraduate courses will allow you to convert your studies into a PhD, further lengthening your study time. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

In order to get onto a graduate English literature program, you will have to have studied the program at undergraduate level. However, some courses will accept a degree in a related subject on an individual basis.

It is possible you may have to face a interview in order to get on some postgraduate courses in English literature.

Career development

Graduates from English literature postgraduate courses are in strong demand and many go on to have successful careers in publishing, journalism, teaching and the creative arts in general.

The analytical skills you gain from this postgraduate course also opens routes into law and media planning, but academia is one of the most popular options taken up by graduates.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:

  • Publisher
  • Media planner
  • Lecturer
  • Journalist

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate English literature programs varies depending on the specialisation you choose and the length of your course. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000

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