At York St John we offer a range of opportunities
to explore literature at a postgraduate level. Our MA courses
emphasise the importance of creative practitioners and are enhanced
by regular visits. Visiting writers have included York-born
award-winning novelist Kate Atkinson; poet and broadcaster Ian
McMillan; novelist and poet Michèle Roberts; novelist Joe
Dunthorne; graphic novelist and illustrator Graham Rawle; and
award-winning poets Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra. York St John
maintains links with the regional literary community through events
such as York Literature Festival. Modules are supplemented by
visiting industry professionals, agents and publishers.
All our programmes are run at our beautiful city
centre campus in York. You can study full or part-time. Our
postgraduate programmes offer distinctive and flexible patterns of
study which will meet the needs of a wide range of students wishing
to extend or develop their interests in literature and writing.
We look forward to welcoming you to York St
qualifications do I need?
Applicants should have a first degree in the
subject or an equivalent area at 2:2 or above.
International students will need to demonstrate
that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home
students (i.e. the same entry criteria as above). If their first
language is not English they must show evidence of English Language
competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or
Where applicants do not meet the stated entry
requirements above, it may be possible to take into account
evidence of APEL as an alternative
method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. For
example, significant previous teaching experience, in Literature or
another subject, might be considered appropriate evidence of
applicants having met the entry requirements. In such a case,
appropriate references and records of employment might be presented
to support the applicant’s case for admission.
The University’s APEL policy will be utilised for
entry to Levels 3 and M where necessary and appropriate. The
University also has a credit accumulation and transfer scheme
(CATS) with approved higher education establishments.
How much does it cost?
The fees are subject to review.
Please visit our
tuition fees webpage for up-to-date information
A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU
Alumni undertaking PG level study
Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your
How do I apply?
Use the button below to apply for our
full-time and part-time programmes. For help completing the
online application, please refer to our guide.
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For enquiries about the postgraduate programme in
Contemporary Literature please contact:
Dr Liesl King
Head of Programme MA Contemporary Literature