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This MA programme is a 180 credit course. Overall, the dissertation is worth 1/3 of your final mark, the Authors take-home exam is worth another 1/3, and the course essays for Contexts and Options make up the final 1/3 of the final degree classification.

Each module is taught through a weekly two-hour seminar. Full-time students have two seminars per week during the first two terms, while part-time students have one seminar per week.


This course orchestrates close reading and discussions of some of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers who most strikingly ‘made it new’. The Authors course is taught through seminars (usually comprising 20-25 students) and it is assessed by a take-home exam consisting of two 2500 word essays,

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Entry Requirements

Candidates for admission to the programme should have at least a good upper second-class honours BA degree in English, or its overseas equivalent, and most successful candidates will have achieved first-class grades in relevant undergraduate modules.

Most students on the course have BA degrees (or have majored) in English, but we will also consider applicants holding a degree in another subject. In these cases tutors will need to see obvious commitment to the study of English Literature and a strong academic background for these applicants to be successful.

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