School of English

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    You can now spend a whole year in Paris studying some of our MA programmes. Please see the 'Study in Paris' tab below
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Postgraduate study

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 97% of staff submitted, 74% of our work graded world-leading or internationally excellent, ranked 10th out of 89 English Departments in terms of Research Intensity (THES)


To apply for any of our MA or PhD programmes, please select the relevant degree title within the tabs and click the 'Apply' button. Fee information can also be found on the individual programme pages.

Part-time study

Taught Masters

All of our Canterbury taught MA programmes can be studied on a part-time basis. The school is particularly keen to encourage applications from part-time candidates and will do what it can to work with them to find the modules most suited to their timetable. If you have any questions about part-time study please get in touch:

Structure, study time and contact hours

Part-time students at Master's level are required to take four modules over two years (one module in the autumn term and spring term of each year). The contact hours for those modules are normally two hours per week during term time, with an additional 15-20 hours per week of self-supported study. During the final year, you are required to write an extended dissertation in the summer term and are therefore expected to meet with your supervisors during this time.

Why study part-time?

Studying part-time allows you to spread the cost of study over two years, whilst also giving you the time to work alongside your study to fund your fees and living expenses. It also enables you more time to develop your essay writing skills, the opportunity to focus on one area of literature at a time and a longer time to develop research ideas for your dissertation. You would also be in classes with a mixture of Master's students, studying both part-time and full-time.

Please note: the Paris programmes are not available to study on a part-time basis due to the nature of the course.


Part-time MA by Research

It is possible to study a MA by Research in some cases.

For more information about our Creative Writing MA by Research please click here.

For more information about other options please contact

Part-time PhD

Research students also have the opportunity to study for a PhD part-time over five to six years and, although there are no official contact hours, you are required to attend regular meetings with your supervisor as well as school research seminars and relevant postgraduate training sessions.

Click here for more information about Creative Writing PhD programmes.

For information about part-time research fees and funding at Kent, click here.

For all enquiries regarding part-time postgraduate study, please contact the English office: 





School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 823054

Last Updated: 17/01/2019