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University of Lincoln: English Literature

Institution University of Lincoln View institution profile
Department School of English and Journalism
Telephone 01522 886644
Study type Taught


From medievalism to twenty-first century literature, this Master's enables students to develop a deeper level of critical understanding, and the opportunity to enhance writing, communication, and research skills.

The programme examines the diversity and variety of the subject and is designed to equip students with the high-level skills necessary for further research or career progression. Optional modules include period coverage from the Medieval period to the Renaissance to the contemporary moment.

Current research in the Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage has particular strengths in 21st-century literature, 19th-century literature, women's writing, politics, Gothic literature, utopianism, American fiction, eco-criticism, and drama.

Students may benefit from the experience of a range of writers, editors, dramaturges, producers, and directors who visit the University of Lincoln to deliver inspirational talks or masterclasses. Previous speakers include Patience Agbabi, Ann Cleeves, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Chris Packham CBE, Robert Shearman, and the former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, who became a Visiting Artist at the University in 2015 and regularly visits Lincoln to engage with students and read a selection of her works.

Students can develop their own areas of interest in a particular period, genre, or theme, and are able to gain experience of public speaking by presenting their own research at a symposium at the Wren Library in Lincoln Cathedral - a unique opportunity available only to students on the MA English Literature programme.


The University of Lincoln is rated among the top 20 universities in the UK for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and we are ranked in the top 30 overall in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022. We are the highest placed multi-faculty modern university in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, which describes Lincoln as going “from strength to strength”.

We are featured among the world's top young universities in Times Higher Education’s (THE) Young University Rankings 2022, which recognises the world's finest universities under 50 years old.

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