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This programme is your chance to gain in-depth knowledge and refine your critical skills through analysis of a wide-range of literary and cultural texts, including film and photography. During your time with us, you’ll learn in a lively, interdisciplinary research and teaching environment which will allow you to develop interesting and innovative approaches to your work and will encourage you to take critical and creative risks. Thinking and writing in different ways is a key feature of the programme.

You will also get out of the classroom and benefit from our links with local archives, cultural organisations and libraries, including the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, and the Working Class Movement Library.

You will develop confidence as you master literary and cultural theory, and will be stimulated by a range of research-led modules, taught by staff who will also guide you in your independent studies. You will enjoy taking on an active role in organising our MA Conference day, and sharing your work with your peers and mentors, and finally, you will reap the rewards of the taught elements of the programme as you identify the member of staff you want to work with and to pursue your own research project.

You will:

  • learn in an interdisciplinary environment and learn to develop your own unique project.
  • acquire specialist knowledge, and a range of practical skills.
  • exploit our links with local archives, libraries and museums.

This course is for you if:

You are interested in literature, cultural texts, theory or the complex cultures of modernity.

You want to study with other students who are enthusiastic about the field and who want to develop their analytical and conceptual thinking skills.

Course Details

MA Literature and Culture helps you to acquire specific skills in a number of areas including interdisciplinary thinking, research methods, cultural and literary theory, and critically analysing a range of literary and cultural texts.

You will develop your analytical and conceptual thinking skills and gain the expertise to focus on a specific research topic that interests you. During this programme you will carry out advanced research and produce original and innovative studies. You will also gain experience of working in archives.

The syllabus consists of two core taught modules, and four research-led modules. Please note, only four of the specialist optional modules will run in any particular year, and which will depend on staff availability, please contact us for details. The programme ends with a dissertation or an archive-based project.

The core module will equip you with the skills to read and apply theory to your work; and range of research and professional skills.

Modules focus on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century literature and culture, and explore regional and world literatures; questions of sex, gender and sexuality; the representation of violence and trauma; graphic novels and photography; the varieties of comedy; and the politics of adaptation, translation and re-telling. There are dedicated modules on the work of Anthony Burgess, and the legacy of Shakespeare beyond drama.

Visit the website for further information on modules.


Teaching for most modules takes place in weekly, two-hour seminars. Personal supervision is provided throughout the course and in support of the writing of the dissertation. The module Literary Research Practice is taught in three longer block sessions, with additional one-to-one supervisory sessions with a member of staff.

School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.


Many graduates of this course have used it as part of their career development in areas as diverse as teaching, librarianship, media, publishing and the arts. Others use it as a means of access to PhD study or further research. You will develop a wide range of skills on this course (writing, communication, presentation and analytical skills) that are transferable to a variety of careers.

This course will suit you if you want to either progress in a career you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.

Graduates from this course have progressed onto a number of careers within the arts, museums, libraries, education and others have progressed to PhD study. Graduates have gone on to work for companies including Hello Magazine, the University of Salford, local museums, secondary schools and further education, and to obtain competitive scholarships for PhD study.

Research in the English Subject Directorate is coordinated by Dr Scott Thurston, Director of the Research Centre for English Literature and Language. There are over 15 research-active academic staff in English and a number of early career researchers engaged in a range of research projects. We welcome PhD applications from MA students. 

Visit the Literature and Culture - MA/PGDip page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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