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  English - Contemporary Literature MA

University of Northampton    Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

Full time & Part time September MA 1 Year Full Time / 2-4 Years Part Time
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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the English - Contemporary Literature MA programme at our esteemed institution. Delve into the captivating world of contemporary literature across a myriad of contexts, from post-1945 classics to cutting-edge literary theories. Tailored for inquisitive minds, this programme offers a diverse selection of modules, allowing you to explore topics such as trauma fiction, gender and sexuality, and contemporary gothic literature. The flexibility of evening classes enables you to pursue your passion outside of working hours, culminating in a dissertation that showcases your expertise in a chosen area. With a focus on research-informed modules and a unique opportunity to study abroad through the Erasmus scheme, this programme equips you with a specialist understanding of contemporary culture. Join us and unlock a world of career opportunities in teaching, journalism, arts administration, and more. Take the first step towards this enriching experience by meeting our entry requirements of a 2:1 Bachelor's degree in English or a related discipline. Your literary odyssey awaits!

About the course

This exciting English – Contemporary Literature MA 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, with the chance to explore a topic of your choice in specialist detail through your dissertation. You could study post-1945 classics, including late modernists like Samuel Beckett, as well as surveying the latest novels.

You may explore specialist fields such as trauma fiction or gender and sexuality, master the latest literary theories, or investigate new genres and popular narrative media, including contemporary gothic literature, film, video games and comic books.

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Entry Requirements

To apply for the MA in English (Contemporary Literature), we normally ask that you have a Bachelor’s degree in English, or a related discipline, at 2:1 or higher. Applications with alternative qualifications or experience and from overseas students are welcomed and will be assessed in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy and Academic Regulations.

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Student Profile

Emily Fletcher

Graduated in 2021

During my time at university, I’ve been a senior representative and represented the student voice across the university, allowing students to have control over their courses and make big decisions over their education. I’ve learnt important skills about chairing meetings and taking minutes. I also socialise in a few more casual societies; this has allowed me to develop a great network of supportive and unique friends who study a variety of courses.

Outside of university, I love the area I live in. Northampton feels nice and relaxed compared to the busy, and often overwhelming cities. However, transport links are great so If I ever want to explore the cities I can easily get to London, Coventry, Milton Keynes, and Birmingham. This is great for me because outside of University I started ice skating this year and each week I can easily travel via train to Milton Keynes to develop my skills. I also roller skate at Benham Sports Centre which is near to Scholars Green Student Village and volunteer at a Scout Group within walking distance of the University, where I run the Scout Section to educate young people in skills for life and share my passion for camping and exploring.

There’s a lot to do in and around Northamptonshire. This next year I'm going to look into the Pinnacle Climbing Centre, which is a fifteen minute walk from the University and features rock climbing, bouldering, and a caving experience.

Life within the University of Northampton community definitely keeps me busy. However, I feel no pressure to take any of these things on and usually do them just for the experience, or to gain a new skill. I’d encourage anyone who enjoys a bit of an adventure to explore the University of Northampton and all that it has to offer!


The University of Northampton is proud to welcome students from across the globe and to recognise the high academic achievements of many of our international student body, we are pleased to offer the International Scholarship. There is no limit to the number of awards, made automatically to students who qualify.

Any award will take the form of a 10%, 20%, or 30% reduction in the cost of tuition fees for the full length of the programme of study, with the exception of all Nursing programmes, where the maximum scholarship available is 10% for each year.

Visit the University of Northampton's website for general Terms and Conditions:

Value of Scholarship(s)

30% off your tuition fees


You must hold an offer to study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme (BA, BSc, BEng, MEng, LLB, Joint Honours, MA, MSc, LLM or MBA) at the University of Northampton.

You must have been assessed as an overseas fee payer. For more detailed information on whether you fall into this category please refer to the UKCISA guide ‘Will I pay Home or Overseas fees?'

UK and EU nationals who are eligible for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England will not qualify.
Students studying for a course validated by the University at a partner institution will not qualify.

Application Procedure

Scholarship awards are made in parallel with an application to study at the University.

Applicants are not required to make a separate application for a scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded based on the merit of each individual’s application and academic eligibility.

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The Sir John Lowther Scholarship provides financial awards of up to £2,000 to a postgraduate student within the Arts. The scholarship was established in 2000 to commemorate the work and achievements of Sir John Lowther during his time as Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire. If you have been offered a place at the University of Northampton to undertake, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate study within the Arts, you may be eligible for an award to the value of £2,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £2,000


If you have been offered a place at the University of Northampton to undertake, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate study within the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology you may be eligible for an award.

Application Procedure

Please note applications for the Sir John Lowther Scholarship have now closed and will reopen in Spring 2024.

For information on how to apply, email our Scholarships Administrator at

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The T D Lewis Scholarship provides financial awards of up to £1,000. This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence or potential.

T D Lewis was a Northampton shoe manufacturer who left the sum of £1,000 for the provision of a scholarship or scholarships for educational purposes in the County of Northampton. His daughter, Margaret Lewis, gave to the trustees an additional payment for further scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £1,000


To apply, you must already attend, or have gained a place, at the University of Northampton. Suitable applicants will be required to attend an interview by the trustees late in the summer term and will be notified of the results shortly afterwards.

Application Procedure

Applications for the T D Lewis Scholarship are now closed. Applications will reopen in Autumn 2024.

For more information about this scholarship, email our Scholarships Administrator:

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