University of Kent: School of English

University of Kent
School of English

Step up, stand out and specialise at University of Kent with career-focused postgraduate courses taught by expert academics. Build a global network of connections by joining our thriving, supportive, international community of staff and students. We welcome everyone and have a large number of mature students studying either for career purposes or to indulge a long-held passion for a subject.

Kent is a leading research institution with a dynamic and challenging academic environment underpinned by an international perspective, take a look at our multimillion-pound scholarship fund to support our postgraduates.

The School of English at the University of Kent is ambitious and inclusive, committed to excellence in critical and creative practice. Our expertise and specialisms range from the medieval to the postmodern including; British, American and Irish literature, postcolonial writing, 18th-century studies, Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, Victorian studies, modern poetry, critical theory and cultural history. With over forty permanent members of academic staff the School is a lively and intellectually stimulating environment.

The School also counts a number of highly acclaimed and award-winning creative writers among its staff, many of whom are both critics and widely published authors of novels, short stories, or collections of poetry. We actively explore crossovers between creative and critical writing in all our areas of teaching and research.

The flexibility of our specialist postgraduate programmes, coupled with our inclusive international community, fosters an atmosphere of cultural and intellectual engagement and inquiry. The School is committed to interdisciplinary study in its broadest sense, across both research and teaching, and this gives students the freedom to explore critical, creative and cultural discourses.  

Taught Master’s
Following the often broad intellectual base of an undergraduate literature programme, postgraduate level study offers you the opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest. Our taught postgraduate programmes allow you to concentrate on:

Particular periodsMedieval and early modern18th century19th centurythe contemporary
Cultural and political concernsPostcolonial studiesAmerican studies
Theoretical frameworkscritical theorymedical humanities
Poetry or prose:  Creative Writing

Students with a range of interests and passions can study for the MA in English and American Literature which enables you to choose from the broad range of modules within the School of English and the wider Faculty of Humanities. 

Several of the taught MA programmes offered by the School of English allow you to share your year between the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus and its Paris centre.

Research Degrees
The School is a research intensive department where postgraduate students are given the opportunity to work with academics who are internationally recognised in their respective fields. As a postgraduate student you will be part of an established and thriving research culture which encourages its students to develop both as academics and as expert researchers. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) the School ranked 10th out of 89 English Departments for Research Intensity (THE) with 74% of our work graded as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School welcomes students from all over the world and with a wide variety of research interests. 

Conversion programmes
At Kent, we also have a range of Conversion Master’s Programmes where you can learn new skills, improve your job prospects and prepare you for a career in a different discipline.

For example, we offer business, economics and computing programmes for students from an entirely different background, while our Master's degrees in law or journalism develop your academic and professional skills in new areas. Find out more here 

Whether you’re changing direction or honing your skills, Kent will be here to help you take on tomorrow’s world. Get ready to sharpen your focus.

Postgraduate Virtual Event
We are planning our next Postgraduate Virtual Open Event soon, where you can hear from specialist academics and attend live Q&A sessions to discover all about studying on one of Kent's postgraduate programmes in the UK and Europe. Register your interest today.

Funding and Scholarships
The University has a Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund, which includes awards from the UK Research Councils such as AHRC. For details of the funding and scholarships we offer, please use the Find a Scholarship tool.  The School also offers a range of Funding and Scholarships for eligible students. 

You can apply online via the University’s website. There is no fixed application deadline for applications from home/EU students, though we strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date.  For international students the deadline for applications is 31 July.

Eleri Caruana
School Administration Manager
School of English 
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent
+44 (0) 1227 827461

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