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

MA Nineteenth Century Studies examines the literature, history, culture and digital humanities of the nineteenth century, with opportunities to participate in field trips to cultural heritage organisations and undertake work-based projects.

The above programme is available from September 2021 entry. For September 2020 entry, you can join our MA English and focus upon literature and popular culture in their historical contexts from the sixteenth century to the present day. Alternatively, our MA Popular Culture enables you to undertake a comparative study of history, literature and film.

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).

Chat Online with our Postgraduate Recruitment Manager

If you’re interested in postgraduate study at Edge Hill University, you can chat online with Rachael Buckley, our Postgraduate Recruitment Manager.

Rachael will be online every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm to answer any questions you might have about our postgraduate courses, entry criteria or how to apply.

You are also welcome to get in touch with us via live chat at any other time, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, when our Course Enquiries team will be happy to assist you.

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September 2020 Entry

September 2021 Entry

January 2021 and October 2021 Entry

September 2020 and September 2021 Entry


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.

Main Building 360 Virtual Tour

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The Hub

Open Days and Virtual Events

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 we usually recommend to gain an insight into the student experience is to see our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

Our October and November 2020 open days are going virtual. We will ensure that you can still discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer and get answers to all of your questions. You will be able to find out more about English and the University through a series of online activities.

Book your place at a virtual open day