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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Communication & Media Studies

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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  • Course Fees

    For information on course fees, please visit our website.

  • Last Updated

    18 October 2019

MA English & Literary Media is a contemporary, modern English degree that emphasises the way that media and digital technology influence how we understand and engage with literature, literary texts and narratives. It also explores how developments in media and technology offer innovative and interactive forms of storytelling for authors and communication practitioners.

Drawing productively from English Literature and literary studies, as well as cultural studies and digital humanities, the course de-privileges the idea of the printed text and considers it alongside the kinds of narrative that exist in other media.

You will be invited to consider the ways in which both contemporary and historical literary texts have been adapted for different mediums and how para text and extra textual materials contribute to audience expectations and experiences. You’ll explore definitions of free speech, freedom of expression, censorship and public interest in the context of public cultural controversies.

Our academic staff members include leading national and international scholars in the fields of modern and contemporary literature, media studies, cultural studies and new media writing. In addition, the Faculty of Media & Communication has a number of practising media professionals whose experience of working within the media industries complements the academic expertise of our researchers.

This combination of academic rigour with professional practice is ideally suited to helping you develop transferable skills during your Master’s degree.

Core units

  • Cultures & Materialities: An introduction to working with contemporary collaborative media and the historical differences and continuities in literature’s production, storage and display. From the pre-Gutenberg era to digitalised print, you'll study literary cultural production as part of a broad cultural and media history.
  • Markets & Audiences: A sociological approach to studying the cultural industries and their audiences, exploring marketing and promotion of cultural texts. You'll consider how para texts and extra textual materials contribute to audience expectations and experiences, and how they reflect cultural and political differences.
  • Interactive Storytelling: Investigate and understand the art of storytelling in digital-interactive media. Starting with a brief pre-history, this unit will come to grips with contemporary traits thrown up at the intersection between digitalisation and interactivity. There will be a rigorous scholarly framework for your existing digital literacy and you'll have space to reflect on and improve your competence with interactive digital media.
  • Culture & Controversy: You'll explore definitions of free speech, freedom of expression, censorship and public interest in the context of public cultural controversies. For example, D.H Lawrence’s 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' might be studied as a literary text, whilst you'll also study the historical context of attempts to censor and suppress the novel and debates over that suppression in the print and broadcast media.
  • Mediating the Nation: The relationship between cultural production and a series of changing historical and political contexts in contemporary Britain. More specifically, you'll consider cultural constructions of Britain, Britons and Britishness. By analysing a range of literary and cultural forms, you'll explore how these things have been constructed and legitimised through culture historically. This unit will also look at how two historical developments have had a significant impact on how British ness has been culturally constructed: the transition away from imperialism and political devolution across the United Kingdom.
  • Narrating Identities: An opportunity to study a number of genres that can loosely be defined as life writing. Critical approaches to biography, autobiography, autobiographical fiction and film biopic will be analysed in a theoretical framework to help you generate the critical vocabulary and cultural literacy needed for detailed analysis. You'll explore notions such as cultural identity, dominant ideology and emerging or oppositional cultural narratives.
  • Dissertation (academic) OR Major Project (creative): An opportunity to develop and show your critical, analytical and research skills by completing a significant piece of academic or creative work. You'll finish your studies and work with a degree of independence not previously experienced in your coursework, focusing on topics that interest you the most. You'll hone your strengths and establish curiosity to take with you into future careers.


This course enables students to combine the skills of literary analysis developed during an undergraduate degree with a series of new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of English in a range of different media.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Print journalism
  • Radio production
  • Corporate communications.

Visit the MA English & Literary Media page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!





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