A student works on a laptop, with a book open alongside her, by the rose garden on the western side of campus.

Our taught Masters degrees in English combine the study of literature with modern and contemporary culture and history.

MA English focuses upon literature and popular culture in their historical contexts from the sixteenth century to the present day, with a particular emphasis on literature post-1800.

MA Popular Culture enables you to undertake a comparative study of literature, history and film, studying topics as wide ranging as propaganda in the Second World War, contemporary women’s writing and European cinema.

Particular aspects of English can also be explored in depth on our MRes Masters by Research, you can train to teach English on our PGCE Secondary English (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS, or gain practical skills in language learning and education on our MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).


Two students walk through the Hub, past two students who are sat talking.The Department of English, History and Creative Writing is based in the Main Building at the centre of the campus, near the £26m Catalyst building which includes the University library.

A prime example of 1930s architecture, the Main Building has undergone extensive refurbishment to combine a traditional setting with modern facilities, including the £15m Student Hub.

The building includes lecture theatres, seminar and tutorial rooms, which are ideal for group discussions and one-to-one tuition, as well as IT resources and social learning spaces.

Open Days

A prospective English Literature student and her mum speak with members of the programme team during an open day.If you are considering  studying at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into the student experience is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

You can tour the campus, including the halls of residence, with a student guide. There will also be opportunities to attend presentations and view subject facilities.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, we offer a range of other events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours.

View open day dates and book your place