Mastering English Literature

This course runs from February to May with breaks for half terms and Easter. It is for graduates in any discipline from any university who want to return to study and sharpen their study skills or as preparation for the MA in English Literature at Bristol.

Students gain a taste of the University's expertise in Romantic literature, women's writing, poetry of the Twentieth Century and Shakespeare.




10 Tuesday evenings 6pm to 8pm, starting February 2021 with breaks for half-term and Easter.

The dates are: 2nd February, 9th February, 23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March, 20th April, 27th April, 4th May.




The course tutors support students to analyse texts and write essays to postgraduate standard, bridging the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship. Students will have full access to the University library, student study centres and student support services.  

Guidance will be provided for students who wish to progress to an MA in English.  

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction
- Rokeya Sakhawat Hossein, ‘The Sultana’s Dream’

Week 2: Medieval Women's Writing:
- Anon., ‘Saint Margaret’
- Excerpts from Julian of Norwich
- Excerpts from Margery Kempe 

Week 3: Shakespeare 
- William Shakespeare, Othello

Week 4: Renaissance Prose
Aphra Behn, Ooronoko

Week 5: Romanticism: 
- S. T. Coleridge, ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’

Week 6: Victorian Prose:
- Dickens as a publisher of women’s writing

Week 7: Modernism:
- T. S. Eliot, ‘The Waste Land’

Week 8: Introduction to Ecocriticism
- Kathleen Jamie, Findings

Week 9: 20th Century poetry
- Carol Ann Duffy, selected poems

Week 10: Conclusions
- Sam Selvon, ‘My Girl and the City’

This course gives a taste of a range of Masters level (MA) programmes at Bristol including: 

Course fee

£400. Payment can be made in instalments.

Deadline 7th January 2021
Previous qualifications/experience Members of the public who hold a degree are welcome to apply.


Applications are now closed

Please email to receive information about Mastering English Literature starting in academic year 2021/22.  


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
11 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

MEL turned out to be a good way to bolster my MA application as well as a practical preparation for graduate study. But it was also enjoyable and worthwhile of itself. I loved rediscovering writers such as Jane Austen and Philip Larkin from a new, critical perspective. The teaching on MEL was excellent, and the tutor, Stephen Derry, fostered a welcoming atmosphere, taking all contributions seriously.

Jamie Harrison (MA English Literature)
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