The General Pathway offers a flexible and bespoke route of MA study, allowing you take modules from across other MA English Literature pathways (Renaissance and Eighteenth Century, Victorian, Modern and Contemporary and Science Fiction). You will acquire the necessary research skills for advanced literary scholarship, while having the opportunity to pursue areas of interest across historical periods and in a wide variety of genres. The focus of our modules ranges from slavery and empire in Elizabethan writing to the body in contemporary literature, and from Victorian Gothic to fictions of technology in SF.
With access to local institutions, such as Tate Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum, you will be encouraged to take a global perspective on changing literary, cultural and political landscapes, and invited to explore current critical and theoretical debates. Staff members who teach on our modules are experts in their respective fields, and include New Generation Thinkers, as well as members of the Literature and Science Hub, the Centre for New and International Writing and the Olaf Stapledon Centre for Speculative Futures.
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"The staff are the best thing about the English department: they’re not only incredibly knowledgeable about their fields, but they are also enthusiastic, encouraging and take a genuine interest in their students’ work."
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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 100% of our research environment was classified as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). We ranked 10th in sector for research impact classified as outstanding (4*), and 13th in the sector for the percentage of research overall (covering outputs, impact and environment) classified as world leading(4*) or internationally excellent (3*).
Strong postgraduate community
With over 150 taught and research students from all over the world, you will be part of a genuine international community. You will be able to participate in our lively research culture through attending regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers as well as our own staff and students. Recent conferences include ‘On Liberties’ at Gladstone's Library, and ‘Renaissance Old Worlds’ in collaboration with the British Library. A legacy from former tutor Miriam Allott has allowed the department to host a vibrant series of international poetry readings, and with its Centre for New and International Writing and Literature and Science Hub, the Department of English continues to attract a range of outstanding, international speakers.