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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Languages, Literature & Culture

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time. 2 years part-time.

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please check the website for up-to-date course fees.

  • Last Updated

    09 January 2019

Course content

The Course

This MA provides you with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of current thinking in contemporary literature and literatures of the past, and the opportunity to enhance your writing, communication and research skills.

The programme examines the diversity and variety of the subject, and is designed to equip you with the high-level skills necessary for further research or career progression. Optional modules include period coverage from the Renaissance to the contemporary moment.

There is flexibility to develop your own areas of interest in a particular period, genre or theme and the opportunity to gain experience of public speaking by presenting your own research at twice-yearly MA symposia. Current research in the School of English and Journalism has particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, women’s writing, Gothic literature, utopianism, American fiction and drama

How You Study

'English Now' is divided into two single semester modules on contemporary writing, addressing first poetry and drama, and then literary fiction, genre fiction, and new forms.The two core modules use 21st Century literature firstly as an opportunity to consider the relationship between literature and its context; secondly as a way of raising current theoretical issues and concerns; thirdly as material for exploring formal issues; and finally as a focus for consideration of the 'singularity of literature' – that which makes literature a unique human activity. These modules are combined with a research skills provision which completes the PG Certificate level.

At the second (PG Diploma) level, the course turns from contemporary writing to the literature of the past addressing either themes that run across time or topics that are focused on specific periods. Students can choose two optional modules.

Each of these leads to a small research project, which is designed to prepare students for the final part of the programme, a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject chosen by the student with the support of a supervisor, and researched and written up in the final months of the Masters.

The dissertation proposal is submitted towards the end of Term 2 and the dissertation itself submitted at the end of the academic year in September.

Part-time students take the PG Certificate level English Now modules at Level One and the specialist options at Level Two (PG Diploma), followed by the Master’s dissertation in the summer of Level Two.

Teaching for each module takes place in two-hourly small-group seminars. There are additional twice-yearly MA symposia where you have the opportunity to present papers based on work undertaken in options. You are also encouraged to attend a fortnightly Humanities Research Seminar series programme, which also involves lecturers and doctoral students.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment involves short essays of 2,500-3,000 words for the core English Now modules; longer project work of 5,000 words for the options; assessed presentations for some of the options, and a 15,000 word dissertation.

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Visit the MA English Studies page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!




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