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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA English Literature (Modern and Contemporary pathway)

Programme code:MA-ENG/MC-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Richard Brown Contact

This programme is available to UK and EU applicants for part time study (over 2 academic years). Please contact for further information.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree (First or 2:i or its equivalent) in English or Modern and Contemporary Literature, or a degree scheme including English or Modern and Contemporary Literature, or in a related subject.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of English

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of English

Programme specification:

The Modern and Contemporary pathway of the MA in English Literature engages students with a detailed emphasis on texts and writers as well as enabling them to engage with the broader cultural, critical, conceptual and political issues that have defined ways of thinking, being and writing in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Its range encompasses major canonical writers and reflects the internationally recognised research interests of members of teaching staff. In its current organisation, the pathway offers both issue-based and period-based approaches to the Modern-Contemporary period and also routinely offers the opportunity to study major writers in depth (for example Joyce, Lawrence, Greene). It embraces canonical as well as popular literature and film adaptation, and engages with some of the defining and urgent cultural issues and legacies of the modern and contemporary periods, including psychoanalysis, post-war writing, postcolonial literatures, mass and popular culture and eco-criticism and the environment.

The pathway retains the flexibility available in other MAs offered by the School: that is to say, students will be able, if they wish, to take two of the prescribed number of modules from the full list of those offered in the MA in English Literature. This would enable them, if they wished, to draw on the School's significant expertise in other relevant areas, such as Postcolonial or American Literature of the twentieth century. Chosen research projects / dissertation topics must lay within the field of British and / or Irish Modern and Contemporary Literature.

This distinctive pathway allows students to develop an existing enthusiasm for Modern and Contemporary Literature and to explore further those areas of the subject which may not have figured significantly in their undergraduate programme. It affords an excellent platform for work at doctoral level.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ENGL5841MStudying English: Research Methods30 creditsSemester 1
ENGL5842MResearch Project60 credits1 Feb to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates must take a minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 90 credits from the list of pathway-specific option modules listed below and/or a maximum of 60 credits from the list of all available English modules.

ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2
ENGL5345MReading (with) Psychoanalysis30 creditsSemester 2
ENGL5760MThe Enigmatic Body of Modernism30 creditsNot running in 201920
ENGL5828MGlobal Indigeneity30 creditsSemester 1
ENGL5847MWar, Mourning, Memory: 1914-193930 creditsSemester 2
ENGL5850MCulture and Anarchy: 1945-196830 creditsSemester 1

Please note that this is an indicative module list. A different selection of modules is offered each year.

Elective modules:

Up to 30 credits of discovery modules may be taken - see notes above.

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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