Our courses give you the chance to specialise and explore your own research interests in depth, or to embrace an exhilarating range of English and related literature. With coverage ranging from ancient Greek and Latin to literature being published right now, we have a unique approach to what literature is and does, how we read it, how we write about it, and even how we make it.
As a student at York, you’ll engage with the stimulating research culture of the Department of English and Related Literature. You'll join a vibrant graduate community with a diverse schedule of seminars, conferences and reading groups for you to attend. You’ll also be part of the Humanities Research Centre, an interdisciplinary hub which will enable you to form close social and intellectual bonds over the course of your study.
Our taught Masters courses
- Culture and Thought after 1945 (MA)
- English Literary Studies (MA)
- Film and Literature (MA)
- Global Literature and Culture (MA)
- Literature of the Romantic Period, 1775-1832 (MA)
- Literature in the Creative and Cultural Industries (MA)
- Medieval Literatures and Languages (MA)
- Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture (MA)
- Poetry and Poetics (MA)
- Renaissance Literature 1500-1700 (MA)
- Victorian Literature and Culture (MA)
Or find another course.
Our research degrees
We also offer the following research degrees:
- MA by research
Why study English at York
Global top 30
English at York is ranked 8th in the UK and 28th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.
Lively intellectual culture
We partner with the York Festival of Ideas, the annual York Literature Festival, and the biennial York International Shakespeare Festival. Our hugely successful Writers at York series brings in a stellar cast of world-famous contemporary writers and our Writer-in-Residence offers creative writing workshops and events throughout the year.
Come and visit us at an Open Day, explore our campus or chat to our students online. We host a range of events throughout the year including subject-specific events designed especially for people considering postgraduate study.