5 Reasons to Study a Masters in English Literature

This article was written by Niamh Lawlor, a Masters in English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Do you love to read? If you’re considering grad school, then why not check out a Masters in English Literature? Discover the top five reasons how a grad degree in English Literature could benefit you:

1. Take advantage of the skills you’ve already developed

Undergraduate study is a turbulent three years, filled with new people, ideas, and learning curves at every corner. I loved every day of my undergraduate course, but I did feel that it was only in my third and final year that I’d fully got to grips with the work schedule that suited me, as well as the organization that goes into a long-term project like a dissertation. By studying a Masters I was able to use all the skills I’d already learnt during undergraduate study and fully immerse myself in the course and the research that I love!

2. Specialize in what interests you most

Undergraduate study introduces you to a huge range of literary forms, genres and time periods in a way that allows you to understand both the magnitude and significance of the written word across history. The MA in the Department of English Literature offers a flexible variety of modules that allow you to select the topics that really interest you, giving you the freedom to really build the course around your personal interests.

Whether you’re interested in Medieval manuscripts, Romantic poetry, or the modern media, studying an English MA gives you the opportunity pursue your interests in a greater depth to undergraduate study as well as try out completely new topics, whilst being supported by academics and peers who share your passions.

3. Opportunities to share your ideas with a supportive community of students

Having a generally smaller cohort means that there is far more opportunity to get to know your course mates and learn about their interests. Having the opportunity to really learn about the interests and dissertation topics of others creates a sense of community and support that gives you the confidence to share and discuss your ideas with others who love English as much as you do!

4. Gaining transferable skills

During MA study you are encouraged to evaluate and challenge ideas and opinions in a way that makes us better thinkers, writers, and communicators — skills that are highly valued by all employers. Critical thinking is key to studying an MA and the course gives you the opportunity to formulate and present your ideas to others in friendly and supportive environment.

As well as equipping you with the organizational, written, and verbal skills vital to the workplace, studying an English MA offers you the chance of receiving regular advice and feedback in order to provide you with the confidence to enter the workplace.

5. It’s the opportunity to immerse yourself in everything literature has to offer

Studying an MA in English gives you the opportunity to understand how and why literature means so much to different people at different times. Both the University and the city of Birmingham offer you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the world of your literary interests and push yourself to understand them with a greater depth than at undergraduate study.

Learn more about the University of Birmingham for your grad studies