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  • Develop advanced skills in analysing texts and discourses
  • Explore up-to-date and innovative research skills
  • Engage with your chosen texts at an advanced level 

The MA English Literature at Winchester is designed to enhance and develop your skills in reading and writing as you work on closely focused projects drawn from any area of English Literature. Our course offers you modules from a wide range of periods and genres, and teaches the critical, theoretical and methodological means to understand, to an advanced level, the cultural forms that tell us who we are. 

The course pushes the boundaries of the discipline, providing opportunities to enjoy a thought-provoking mix of traditional and non-traditional materials. You engage with the ideas of the most exciting critical thinkers in contemporary cultural debate, using innovative learning and teaching methods. 

You complete a module in Research Methods, which provides a basis for your dissertation – an extended piece of work on the text(s) or theme of your choice. You also choose taught modules from a wide range including Sherlock Holmes – Victorian Superhero, Health and Disease in Literature, Models of the Mind, and Victorian Literature and Culture. 

Within the department, staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, you develop your abilities in independent and critical learning, building your confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis, with the support of staff. 

Students with MA English Literature often pursue careers in teaching and education, publishing, website production, marketing, journalism, writing, the arts, media, the charity sector, and business. The course is also excellent preparation for doctoral studies.

Careers

Students with MA English Literature often get jobs in teaching and education, publishing, website production and marketing, journalism and writing, the charity sector and, of course, further education (PhD). Top areas of employment for English MA holders also include marketing, PR and sales professionals, clerical, secretarial and numerical clerks, arts, design and media professionals, education professionals, and business, HR and finance professionals.

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here that are transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students will develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students will take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from the staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Assessment

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods

Optional

  • Adaptation: Page to Performance
  • After Proust: Memory in Literature
  • Contemporary Gothic
  • Health and Disease in Literature
  • Independent Study
  • Literature and the Body
  • Models of the Mind
  • Sherlock Holmes - Victorian Superhero
  • Special Author Module
  • Victorian Literature and Culture

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at http://www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.

The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.


Visit the English Literature MA page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

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