MA English & Literary Media

This unique course de-privileges the idea of printed text and considers it alongside narrative in other media, exploring how developments in media and technology offer interactive forms of storytelling for authors and communication practitioners.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-time

Why study MA English and Literary Media at BU?

  • Learn to critically evaluate a variety of texts drawn from film, television, the internet, literature and popular culture, relating those texts to the wider fields 
  • Explore how contemporary and historical texts have adapted for different mediums and how paratext and extra-textual materials contribute to audience expectations and experiences 
  • Explore definitions of free speech, freedom of expression, censorship and public interest in the context of public cultural controversies 
  • Develop the skills to think rigorously, critically, analytically and imaginatively, applying knowledge to practical situations   
  • Learn from leading national and international scholars in the fields of modern and contemporary literature, media studies, cultural studies and new media writing 
  • Engage with BU’s international writing competitions: The Bournemouth Writing Prize for emerging voices, and the New Media Writing Prize for stories integrating a variety of formats. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024, September 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September- 1 year full-time, with or without placement. 24 months part-time, with or without placement. January- 16 months full-time, with or without placement.

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll needIELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading. For more information see our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

The following units will be studied over three semesters for the full-time option, or over four semesters for the September part-time option.

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Writing competitions

Studying at BU gives you various opportunities to test yourself and your development by entering our annual writing competitions.

Your application

On MA English and Literary Media, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are inspired by narrative and literature
  • In their broadest sense love books, TV, film, network streams, blogs, vlogs and social media
  • Are sensitive to the cultural and political roles played by media and communication technologies
  • Have a sharp analytical eye and creative sense of innovation
  • Want to develop skills for narrative media industries and allied fields where successful communication adds value

Entry requirements


This course enables students to combine the skills of literary analysis developed during an undergraduate degree with a series of new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of English in a range of different media.

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Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Jaime Gorman

The faculty of my programme are both dedicated and inspiring. They work hard to convey their knowledge and skills and expect the same dedication from us to absorb it.

Hear from our staff

Dr Hywel Dix

We developed this MA as our students wanted to be able to carry on their studies and follow the distinctive approach we take to studying English here.

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