Our MA course allows students to explore new approaches to contemporary literature and examine the innovations, diversity and practice of writing now. You will have the chance to read a range of work (including novels, poetry, drama, memoir, and creative non-fiction) from contemporary writers, and you will be encouraged to consider the relationship between contemporary writing and current theory.
York is a fantastic place to be if you love books and reading. Each year, the city celebrates its literary heritage with the York Literature Festival, for which our programme organises several events. In recent years, our students have had the chance to attend talks and readings by Margaret Atwood, Germaine Greer, Will Self, Carol Ann Duffy, Mark Gatiss, Ian McMillan, and Michel Faber. As part of your MA, you will have the opportunity to attend free workshops, writing sessions and readings as part of your degree experience.
This MA is structured so that students take four taught modules, and a dissertation. There are three terms in the year, and you should expect to take two modules each term as a full time student, and one module each term as a part-time student. All modules are compulsory.
Classes take place once a week for each module. There are three terms across the year, and each term runs for three weeks. You can study part-time (taking one module each term) or full time (two modules each term). Classes are taught during the week, and often take place in the early evening.
Critical perspectives on Contemporary Literature - This is the first module that students take, and it is designed to be a foundational module which provides opportunities for critical reflection and fosters research and writing skills. You will engage with a range of theoretical debates in contemporary literary study.
British Literature: The State of the Art - This module allows students to investigate current trends in British fiction, poetry and drama. You will read new and established writers and assess the dominant issues in contemporary British literary culture.
Contemporary American Writing - This module considers the diversity of new writings in English and theories of the post-colonial condition. You will read recent writing in English from the Caribbean, Africa, India, Canada or Australasia and consider the historical, cultural and political issues that arise from post-colonial texts.
Post-Colonial Literatures - On this module, students have the opportunity to debate the impact and importance of American writing from the late twentieth century until the present day. You will consider the formation of American identities and ideologies through studying a range of contemporary literature.
The aim of all our teaching is to help you become a better writer and literary critic, to challenge you to consider new ideas and concepts, and to support you in understanding the complex connections between literature, theory, and contemporary debates. The MA is taught by weekly two hour seminars for each module. You will have the opportunity to discuss the week’s reading with your tutor and with the rest of the group, in a friendly and intellectually stimulating learning environment. We offer special writing workshops to help students make the transition to postgraduate writing, and students also have the opportunity to work with the Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We are a dynamic, engaged, and research-active team who are committed to providing our students with a cutting-edge education. Our postgraduate teaching is based on current research interests and projects, and is inspired by the contemporary debates informing current literary studies. In addition, MA Contemporary Literature students have the opportunity to organise a one-day literary symposium as part of their postgraduate experience, and the MA Coordinator works to support students throughout the year.
You will encounter a range of assessment including essays, annotated bibliographies, reflective writing, and presentations. Assessment opportunities are designed to help you develop your skills as a writer, researcher, and as a literary critic, and also to help you prepare for future employment. Most modules are assessed by one piece of coursework (usually 5000-6000 words) and you will have the chance to discuss your ideas and get formative feedback throughout the term. The dissertation is the intellectual culmination of your postgraduate experience. You will submit your dissertation proposal in January and work with your supervisor during the year, submitting your final piece (12,000 words) in August. This process helps you to become an independent researcher and you will be required to manage your own academic project.
Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.
York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.
The MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture is an intensive one-year taught programme which aims to enhance students’ textual knowledge and promote thinking about the interconnections between modern and contemporary literature and its historical, cultural and theoretical contexts.
The MLitt is aimed at those interested in modern and contemporary literature, in the acquisition of a taught postgraduate qualification, and in the possibility of moving towards a PhD.
In each semester students take one module that concentrates on the literature of the period and one module that engages with the period’s theoretical, cultural and historical developments. Students are encouraged to develop their own, individual interests via one optional module.
Taught modules comprise of weekly seminars, with class sizes typically ranging from three to ten students. Modules are assessed through coursework essays. The School of English prides itself on its support of student work through detailed feedback and commentary.
During the course of the year, but with particular focus during the last four months, students will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choosing.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.
The MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory explores a range of texts and themes from 1945 to the present, with an option to focus on the 21st century.
The course offers you the opportunity to study cutting-edge topics such as the American novel after 1999, new directions in theory, the graphic novel, urban culture, performance studies, bioethics, and cultures of conflict and dissent from Africa to the Middle East.
Our course in Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory gives you the opportunity to explore a range of topics and texts from 1945 to the present, with a particular focus on the intersection of literature, culture and theory. You will access postgraduate-level teaching and research training in a wide range of aspects of English literature, language and culture, in a research-led environment that encourages scholarly inquiry and independent thought. We will train you in research and writing skills (including manuscript work, bibliographies and internet resources) in preparation for a large-scale research project. This course is also an excellent foundation for and an introduction to what will be required for a doctorate.
This course enables you to develop critical understanding, to concentrate on specific areas of literary and cultural studies, to acquire advanced skills in research methods and to prepare you for doctoral study.
If you are a full-time student, we will provide four to six hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week, and we will expect you to undertake 26 hours of independent study.
If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week, and we will expect you to undertake 13 hours of independent study.
We assess our modules entirely through coursework.
The MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature prepares students to undertake research the post-1900 literature and its contexts, and is also popular with those wish to broaden and deepen their critical engagement with the period. It draws on a critical mass of members of academic staff and institutional resources at The University of Manchester in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, culture and theory. The modules have been designed to introduce you to cutting-edge approaches to modern and contemporary writing. You will study four units, including at least one of a small group of possible core courses. (You can also take two or all three of these courses if you wish.)
There are also further optional courses to choose from including the modules Contemporary Fiction, and Postcolonial Literatures, Genres, and Theories. After your modules are complete you will undertake a dissertation, supervised by a member of academic staff.
Please note that the department also offers the MA English and American Studies .
Modern and Contemporary Literature students take 4 modules, including at least 1 of the 3 possible core courses:
Finally, students will write a 15,000-word dissertation, worth 60 credits, supervised by an academic member of staff.
Students are required to take 180 credits of units as listed below.
The list of units on offer will be updated annually. Students may also choose up to 30 credits worth of units from another MA programme in place of one of their optional units, subject to the approval of the Programme Director.
Students will also attend seminars on such topics as how to study at MA level, how to research and write a Master's thesis, and career options.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
This exciting course examines the role of contemporary literature in a number of different contexts. You will have the chance to explore a diverse range of texts, across varied modules, from Modernists such as Samuel Beckett, emerging fields such as Trauma Fiction and even popular narrative mediums including film and comic books.
The MA is made up of modules and a dissertation, amounting to 180 credits. Full-time students will take two 30 credit modules in each of two terms, followed by the dissertation. The modules are set each year by the tutors, and there are no options available.
Part-time students can take the course over two or three years. In both cases, the first year will contain one module in each of two terms, amounting to 60 credits. If you choose to study over two years, the second year will contain one module in each of two terms, plus the dissertation, amounting to 120 credits. If you choose to study over three years, the second year will contain one module in each of two terms, amounting to 60 credits, and the third year will involve the dissertation only, to make up the final 60 credits.
Certain modules will be taught in the evenings (6-9 pm) allowing you to take your course entirely outside of normal working hours. Other modules may only be offered during day, which means there may not be module options for part-time study.
This course gives you the chance to study English literature in a modern university environment, while taking advantage of the wealth of resources offered by London's rich cultural life. You will examine literary texts in the wider context of cultural production and relate them to the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge.
The course team consists of academic specialists who make use of the many nearby museums, galleries and libraries in their teaching. The course will be of particular interest to those wishing to prepare for further study at MPhil or PhD level, and those teaching English who want to gain a further qualification and investigate recent and current developments in the field.
The English Literature: Modern and Contemporary Fictions MA at the University of Westminster is designed to offer a coherent programme of postgraduate study that allows for both chronological range and specific topical focus. It gives you the opportunity to revisit and reinvestigate the texts, critical practices, institutions and periods that make up the discipline in order to see it in new and exciting ways.
It consists of three core modules. 'Themes and Problems in Modern and Contemporary Fictions' introduces students to current major themes in contemporary literature. In particular, students examine the ways in which contemporary texts engage with and mediate ongoing crises and conflicts post-2001. 'Materialities, Institutions, Contexts' enables students to identify key aspects of the material and institutional contexts in which literary studies emerged and developed. Students on the core modules develop advanced skills of argument, synthesis, research and presentation.
The Dissertation, which can be written on an appropriate topic of your choice, is also a core module. The option modules provide an opportunity for you to deepen and extend your knowledge of a range of periods, issues and forms across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
You will choose four modules from the option modules listed below.
An MA in English Literature provides students with skills in researching, writing, critical thinking, articulating, synthesizing and conveying ideas, which enable students to pursue a wide range of careers.
Many students who undertake a Masters in English wish to pursue PhD study or careers in the education sector, media, journalism, publishing, and library and information work.
A Masters in English shows the ability to communicate effectively and to a high standard. The ability to articulate and transmit ideas clearly prepares students to enter careers in advertising, marketing and PR.