School of English

Masters Degrees in English


The school's masters students work with leading academics and researchers at the forefront of research across the key disciplines of:

  • English Language and Applied Linguistics
  • Medieval studies
  • Literature from the Early Modern period to the Contemporary
  • Drama and Creative Writing

Each year we welcome a new cohort of masters students into our supportive postgraduate community. Students share knowledge with each other through a range of activities, including regular postgraduate seminars and conferences.  


Fees and funding

Find out about the funding options available

Teaching and learning

Students are taught in small seminar groups, so there is plenty of opportunity for discussion of ideas and development of our students as researchers.

What is the structure of a masters course?

The course is made up of 120 credits of taught modules, which students take during the Autumn and Spring Semesters, and a 14,000 word dissertation which students work on during the Summer. All classes take place during weekdays.

What is the duration of an on-site masters course?

Studied full time, an on-site masters course takes a calendar year to complete (October to September). If studied part time, students may complete the on-site course in 24 months. Students should check the eligibility requirements with their funding body before enrolling on a part-time course.

All of our on-site masters courses start in September each year.

Can the courses be studied part time?

All of our onsite masters courses can be studied part time.  Students should check the eligibility requirements with their funding body before enrolling on a part-time course.

We also offer a number of masters courses by distance learning. Visit our  distance learning pages for more information. 


Facilities, resources and accommodation

Masters students can use the Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre facilities, the school's student common room, and the extensive library resources and manuscript collections.

Social Science and Arts Graduate Centre (SSAGC)

This Graduate Centre for postgraduate students in the Arts and Social Sciences is available on the first floor of Highfield House, next to the Trent Building. Accessible 24/7, this space provides computer stations, a social area with informal seating and areas where students can work individually or in groups. Students also have access to a small seminar room and kitchen facilities.

The SSAGC is part of the Graduate School. Its aim is to provide Faculty-specific training and support for postgraduates and early-career researchers. The SSAGC is steered by a student users' group and assisted in its work by student interns from across the Faculty.

The Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre offers support for students interested in developing their own ideas in the form of seminars, conferences, events, and socials.

Library facilities

The University of Nottingham has rich resources in the early and medieval periods, with a large collection of manuscripts from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries and extensive book holdings in Old and Middle English, Old Icelandic, Viking Studies, and runology. Find out more about Manuscripts and Special Collections.

The school is, in addition, home to the English Place-Name Society (EPNS) library and archive.

In English Literature, the University's Hallward Library has an exceptional DH Lawrence archive, containing Lawrence family papers, manuscripts, first editions, and books owned by Lawrence. It has also acquired the famous Lazarus collection.

Other internationally renowned collections include the Portland Literary Collection (seventeenth and eighteenth century materials), the Cambridge Drama Collection (a printed collection of over 1,500 items, comprising plays and works about the British theatre from 1750-1850), and a rich collection of 1930s theatre materials.

Additional resources are offered by the locally held Byron collections and the Tennyson Research Centre.


Eye-tracking has been "hailed as an opportunity for researchers to 'look into the mind' of the subject". In the School of English we have a psycholinguistics lab housing an Eyelink 1000+ eye-tracking system from SR Research. Staff and postgraduates interested in language make use of eye-tracking technology to monitor eye movements when comprehenders are reading, or when looking at a static scene or video while listening to auditory input. 

Learn more about eye-tracking


Masters students talk about accommodation options and living on campus

Postgraduate accommodation

Computer Rooms

Students can access general IT facilities through a number of IS computer rooms/areas conveniently located around the University campuses.  

MA Dissertation Preparation Day

MA Dissertation Preparation Day is an opportunity for students to learn more about the challenges of a larger-scale research project, about supervision and support, and about the resources available to Masters researchers at the University of Nottingham. It is also a social occasion, bringing together our postgraduate students as an academic community. 

MA Dissertation preparation day


Peer mentoring

All new Masters students are allocated a peer mentor to help them adjust to life and study at Nottingham and to feel part of the school community.

In a large school community, alongside tutors, peer mentors can be an invaluable source of support as students begin to find their way around, especially in the first few weeks of studying in a new environment.

Peer mentors will be: 

  • on hand for new students to contact before they arrive
  • available during the first week of term, and at other times thereafter
  • there to guide new students through the process of settling into student life and postgraduate study
  • available to provide advice about all kinds of issues, such as using the library and online learning resources, and preparing for further study

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Dr Joe Jackson, Assistant Professor in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary English Literature, talks about the variety of masters courses available.

Masters students in the school of English talk about the modules available and the teaching in the school.


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School of English

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The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

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