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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA English Literature

Programme code:MA-ENGLITUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr José A. Pérez Díez Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree (First or 2:i or its equivalent) in English Literature, or a degree scheme including English Literature, or in a related subject. Appropriate IELTS where applicable.

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 programme provides its students with the opportunity to engage in the postgraduate study of English Literature at the highest level. One of the longest-established MA programmes in English Literature in the UK, this programme offers a truly massive range of choice, from Arthurian Legend to Victorian New Media; from early modern political figureheads to contemporary representations of US citizenship and belonging.

Students take one thematic module, ‘Writing Places and Identities’, and select from a wide variety of specialist options reflecting the historical, geographical and theoretical range of literature in English. Areas in which the school has been traditionally renowned – most notably Postcolonial Studies, Victorian Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Literatures – are generously represented. A varied portfolio of modules from the fields of American Literature and Culture, Romantic Literature, Modern, and Contemporary Literatures is also available. The MA in English Literature programme also has access to exciting learning opportunities in Creative Writing, Digital Humanities and English Language. Staff members of the School of English represent a broad intellectual range in English literary studies and adjacent disciplines, including memory studies, eco-criticism, medical humanities, performance, textual studies, critical editing, and the study of temporality, along with other important and emergent fields. In the latter half of the MA programme, students undertake a research project on a subject of their choice (within any area of English Literature), supported by specialist supervision.

Throughout the year there is a wide range of intellectual and social activities available to our MA students, including research talks, reading groups, excursions, and access to the exceptional holdings in the University’s Special Collections in the Brotherton Library. The opportunities afforded by these activities will complement the rigour and variety of the more formal learning opportunities offered by this programme.

This rich, distinctive programme creates opportunities to develop existing enthusiasms for many fields, and to explore areas which may not have figured significantly in previous (undergraduate) studies. It provides knowledge and training in skills that are recognised and respected by employers in diverse industries – our alumni have gone on to be, for example, educators, publishers, policy makers, and journalists – and the programme also affords an excellent platform for progressing to doctoral level research.

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

Students are required to take 180 credits in total: 90 credits of compulsory modules and 90 credits of optional modules. Students are free to choose optional modules according to their areas of interest, but they must ensure they have an even split of total credits between Semester 1 and Semester 2 e.g. one optional module in semester 1 and two optional modules in semester 2.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ENGL5550MWriting Places and Identities30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5842MResearch Project60 credits1 Dec to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Students must take 90 credits of optional modules, which can be selected from any basket(s).
Students should select one optional module running in semester 1, and two optional modules running in semester 2.
The module lists are grouped into three lists, or baskets. These are organised thematically, reflecting the scope and focus of the options available.

Basket 1 (Periods):

ENGL5117MRomantic Identities: Literary Constructions of the Self, 1789-182130 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5756MFictions of Citizenship in Contemporary American Literature30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5760MThe Enigmatic Body of Modernism30 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL5834MRomantic Ecologies30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5847MWar, Mourning, Memory: 1914-193930 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5860MTurks, Moors, and Jews: Race and Identity in English Renaissance Drama30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDV5235MMedieval English30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Basket 2 (Theme: Zoomed in):

ENGL5100MThe Long Poem: Self, Land, Witness30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5346MSo Where do you come from? Selves, Families, Stories30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5540MThinking With the Contemporary Novel30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5666MWays of Reading: Novels in the Age of Information Excess30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5722MWriting about Death in Nineteenth-Century America30 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL5737MPostcolonialism, Animals and the Environment30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5817MShakespeare's Tyrants30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5830MApprentices to Life: The Nineteenth-Century Bildungsroman30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5950MGeorge Orwell: The Politics of Literature30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDV5245MOld Norse30 creditsNot running in 202324

Basket 3 (Theme: Zoomed out):

ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5343MAfricas of the Mind30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5345MReading (with) Psychoanalysis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5530MFictional English and English Fictions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5664MMedical Humanities: Representing Illness, Disability, and Care30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5665MThe Digital & English Studies30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5828MGlobal Indigeneity30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5831MFeeling Time30 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL5846MLiterature and the Politics of Language30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5940MPlanetary Aesthetics: Animism, Mimesis and Indigeneity30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDV5100MMedieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

There are also additional modules cross-listed from other schools that students are able to choose within the three option module slots. These include:

- MEDV5235M Medieval English (Sem 1 and 2) (Basket 1)

- MEDV5245M Old Norse (Sem 2) (Basket 2)

- MEDV5100M Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age (Sem 2) (Basket 3)

Elective modules:

Students may also choose to take one 30 credit MA level module in a related subject from outside of the School of English. This is subject to availability, and the approval of the Programme Leader and Module Convenor.

Last updated: 11/09/2023 11:15:02


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