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English: 1850-Present MA

Course Description

Explore a broad range of literature and culture from Britain, North America and the English-speaking world covering the 19th and 20th centuries. The course offers you the chance to delve into a range of research topics and texts from this period including Victorian Studies, Modernism, and American Studies. It will give you the opportunity to read widely and to think broadly across conventional period boundaries, with optional modules ranging from lyric poetry to the graphic novel.

You'll be studying at one of the oldest English departments in the country in a fantastic central London location where you'll get the chance to explore the literature of the 19th and 20th centuries in a place where that literary history actually took place and you'll benefit from being in London, where the city and its rich literary heritage will be your classroom.

As part of the course you will receive experience and training in a wide variety of research, writing and presentation skills and you'll get the chance to complete a large-scale research project within a research environment which values independent thought.

Key benefits

- Unrivalled location in the centre of London, with easy access to the British Library and the major libraries and archives of the capital.

- Flexible programme with a wide range of options allows students the opportunity to specialise in areas of their choice.

- A dynamic, research-led department with an international reputation for excellence.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/english-1850-present-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This course focuses on a broad range of 19th and 20th century literature and culture from Britain, North America and the English-speaking world. You will read widely in 19th century and Modernist literature, while also exploring more specialised topics through a range of optional modules which cover almost every aspect of modern literature and culture: from the Victorian novel and Modernist poetics to postcolonial life writing and the Graphic novel.

In semester one, the core module, Text, Culture, Theory: London and Urban Modernity, introduces key literary and theoretical approaches to urban modernity while encouraging you to explore the rich cultural history of our immediate surroundings in the cultural heart of London. King’s has the oldest English Department in the country and graduates will join an illustrious tradition of literary Londoners: writers, readers, and critics.

The course offers teaching and research training at postgraduate level in a wide range of aspects of English literature, language and culture, based in a research environment which values independence of thought and offers graduate students a clear sense of what would be involved in progressing to PhD study. Students receive training in research and writing skills (including manuscript work, bibliographies, internet resources) in preparation for the completion of a large-scale research project.

- Course purpose -

This programme enables you to develop critical understanding, to concentrate on specific areas of literary and cultural studies, acquire advanced skills in research methods and prepare you for doctoral study or for work within the broader cultural sector.

- Course format and assessment -

Taught core and optional modules assessed by coursework plus a compulsory dissertation.

Career Prospects:

Many students go on to pursue research in our and other departments; others have developed their skills in teaching, journalism, cultural arts and management, or the legal and financial sectors.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 21 universities worldwide (2016/17 QS World University Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the English: 1850-Present MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)


1994.jpg When I decided to pursue my studies in English I knew I wanted to move to the UK and study there. King's quickly became my first choice because of its location in the heart of London and its outstanding reputation. Studying here allows not only for a full social life (there are over 100 student societies) but also for an in-depth study of English in its vibrant cultural context, which is underlined by the university’s various teaching and research partnerships with institutions such as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern.

I chose the MA English 1850 to the Present because it allows research across conventional period boundaries, enabling students to deepen their knowledge in the Victorian, Modernist and Post-modernist periods. The programme's structure, comprising of optional modules and one core module, offers a great amount of flexibility and choice while providing a solid grounding in the theory, culture and literature of the time.

Fortnightly workshops help students develop research and writing skills and confirm the department's excellence in teaching and research. The staff is friendly, approachable and always happy to discuss new ideas. While the course prepares students for the research at a higher degree level, the careers service offers valuable information and support for those looking to enter the job market after their graduation. Studying English at King's essentially means becoming part of a dynamic academic environment with passionate lecturers and ample room for personal and professional development.


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in English, or a subject in which English plays a significant part; other disciplines may be considered. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

Course Fees

(2017/18) Full time: UK/EU: £9,450. Overseas: £18,420. Part time: UK/EU: £4,725. Overseas: £9,210

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