MA in Literature and Culture

The MA in Literature & Culture provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of English-language literature and its contexts. The MA provides an intensive combination of taught course units and supervised research to develop our students' skills and confidence as scholars and critics of literature and its contexts. Our chief aim is to enable our students to develop as scholars, researchers, writers and critics in their chosen specialism, equipped with a range of critical skills and methodologies for understanding and analysing literature and culture across multiple historical, social and intellectual contexts.


On this MA, students choose one of our five specialised MA pathways: American Literature; Gender, Sexuality & Culture; Medieval Literature & Culture; Modern & Contemporary Literature; and Renaissance Literature & Culture.

Students on this programme take two core modules, Literary Research Methods and the MA Dissertation module, as well as four taught modules from their chosen specialist strand, choosing from a range of core and option modules. Follow the links below for further details for each of the specialist MA strands.


On our MA programme, you will: 

  • Choose from a wide range of specialised modules and pathways.
  • Benefit from expert tuition in a supportive and open learning environment.
  • Develop your own research topic with one-to-one supervision from a member of our world-class staff.
  • Be part of a School with a long tradition of excellence and impact in literature that hosts academic scholars and writers-in-residence of international renown.
  • Be part of the School’s vibrant and welcoming postgraduate community, with weekly School research seminars, an active, dynamic English Graduate Society, and regular conferences, symposia and other events that our MA students are encouraged to get involved in.

On successful completion of the MA in Literature & Culture, students should:

  • Be adept readers, thinkers and writers, with advanced skills in detailed textual analysis and close reading;
  • Have a developed awareness of historical contexts, theoretical positions and the range of literary and/or cultural production appropriate to their chosen specialization;
  • Have an enhanced knowledge of literary and cultural analysis, including methodology, in their chosen disciplines and fields;
  • Be able to make connections across different time periods and cultures, and to identify key aesthetic/cultural/social movements and innovations in their chosen specialization;
  • Be able to articulate their knowledge, arguments and ideas clearly and effectively through essays, presentations and proposals;
  • Have mastered advanced techniques in the use of archival and digital resources;
  • Be effective independent researchers, who can identify a viable research topic and develop this into a research project.


Find out more about the MA in Literature & Culture:

American Literature

Gender, Sexuality & Culture

Medieval Literature & Culture

Modern & Contemporary Literature

Renaissance Literature & Culture


MA in Literature & Culture teaching team:

Professor John Brannigan

Professor Danielle Clarke

Dr Lucy Cogan

Dr Luca Crispi

Professor Nick Daly

Dr Sharae Deckard

Dr Fionnuala Dillane

Dr Katherine Fama

Professor Porscha Fermanis

Professor Jane Grogan

Dr Clare Hayes-Brady

Dr Naomi McAreavey

Professor Frank McGuinness

Professor Gerardine Meaney

Dr Anne Mulhall

Dr Michelle O’Connell

Dr Niamh Pattwell

Associate Professor Emilie Pine

Dr Emma Radley

Dr Rebecca Stephenson

Dr Maria Stuart

Associate Professor Nerys Williams


More information and online applications HERE 

For further information on this programme, please contact the MA Coordinator Dr Anne Mulhall (