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Postgraduate courses

Take a look at the postgraduate courses offered in the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing to see which best suits your academic interests.

Applied Medical Humanities

Arts: Text, image, Material

  • You will learn how to critique the arts from an informed, contemporary position.
  • You will gain an extensive understanding of arts as disciplinary practices, and study texts, images and material cultures.
  • This master's degree is studied at school level, and our School of Arts is internationally renowned for its teaching and research.
  • Read more about our Arts: Text, Images, Material MA.

CONTEMPORARY Literature and Culture (2000-present)

  • We have one of the largest research communities in contemporary literature in the UK with over a dozen scholars and creative practitioners with research specialisms including graphic narratives, science fiction, migrant studies, life writing and digital humanities among many others.
  • Benefit from our lively research culture, which includes several research centres and groups.
  • Based in the heart of literary London in Bloomsbury, you will join a vibrant postgraduate community with established reading groups, student-organised conferences and passionate engagement across interesting topics.
  • Read more about our Contemporary Literature and Culture (2000 - Present) MA.

Creative writinG

  • Students will join a programme which boasts a great track record of alumni publishing success.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in the Mechanics' Institute Review and other opportunities to gain editorial experience.
  • The programme has staff expertise in prose forms and provides students with rigorous feedback.
  • Students can take optional modules in non-fiction, poetry and screenwriting.
  • Read more about our Creative Writing MA.

CREATIVE Writing and Contemporary Studies

  • Students have the ability to take critical and creative modules.
  • By studying creative and critical writing, students will be taught by scholars and creative practitioners.
  • Students have the option of working on hybrid and creative-critical pieces of writing, incorporating learning from both kinds of modules.
  • Read more about our Creative Writing and Contemporary Studies MA.

Critical Theory

  • Modules cover a range of themes and are not restricted to a particular historical period or national culture.
  • Students will study a variety of media including print culture, painting, film, new media and popular culture.
  • Together with tutors, students will build a dynamic programme of study.
  • Read more about our Critical Theory MA.


  • Combines practice-based approach with scholarly examination of the theory and history of dramaturgy.
  • Offers the unique opportunity to work practically with internationally renowned practitioners and artists.
  • Involves academic and creative projects exploring multiple aspects of theatre-making.
  • Read more about our Dramaturgy MA.

Early Modern and Renaissance Studies

Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas

  • An interdisciplinary course that looks at human health through the lenses of culture and history.
  • Aimed at arts, humanities and social science graduates.
  • The course draws together students and staff working across different disciplines, historical periods and geographical regions.
  • Read more about our Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas MA.

Medieval Studies

  • Affords the opportunity to fully explore medieval studies through history, art and literature.
  • Access to some of the best research libraries, galleries and museums in London.
  • Students can tailor their study to an interdisciplinary or literary format as a precursor to further research.
  • Read more about our Medieval Studies MA.

Modern Literature and Culture (1900-present)

  • Undertake one of our longest running postgraduate programmes with an evolving approach to reflect the changes in literary culture.
  • Study multiple conceptions of twentieth-century literature across a number of topics ranging from technology and mass culture to subjectivity.
  • The opportunity to explore the historical transformations of literature and cultural thought from 1945.
  • Read more about our Modern Literature and Culture (1900-Present) MA.

Text and performance

  • Combines studio and workshop-based learning with academic inquiry.
  • Taught by world-leading researchers and theatre and performance makers in central London.
  • Offered in association with Camden People's Theatre and guest artists to support professional development and career opportunities.
  • Read more about our Text and Performance MA.

theatre Directing

  • Students can work with theatre actors, writers and designers with an in-depth exploration of the foundations needed for working directors in the entertainment industry.
  • Take advantage of secondment opportunities and extended mentorships throughout your studies with the possibility of assisting full productions.
  • Learn from professionals across the sector including practitioners from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Royal Exchange Manchester to name a few.
  • Read more about our Theatre Directing MFA.


  • Study literature, art, science and politics of a fascinating century that continues to influence and shape our own.
  • Read and discuss the work of a range of Victorian writers and thinkers including Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin.
  • Pursue your own interests in nineteenth-century literature and culture with the support of world-leading scholars in the field and become part of the internationally renowned Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.
  • Read more about our Victorian Studies MA.

Browse all our postgraduate courses.