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Course content

Our MA course offers an opportunity to deepen your passion for English literature and engage with the most up-to-date disciplinary debates. Based upon established models of scholarship, this programme moves between the study of single authors, literary genres, thematic threads and literary periods.

This MA programme combines current scholarly investigation with the promotion of transferrable academic and professional skills. BGU is a single campus institution with a proud history of educational excellence which means that prospective MA students can be assured of high quality teaching within a friendly and supportive academic community. We are also passionate that this course involves no distance learning and is taught purposefully. This means that you will be able build a strong rapport with your tutors and peers, and gain an all round excellent experience at achieving your MA.

This MA is designed around your development: as a reader and researcher of literature; as a critical and reflective scholar; as a communicator and presenter of knowledge.

What will you study -

You will examine a variety of theories, forms, and frameworks, stretching from the late 18th Century to the present day, through research-led modules. Two team-taught modules uncover new and darker sides to literature, as well as innovative ways to interpret the past and the present through different perspectives. Framing Genre, Thematic Threads, The Author in Focus, and Literature in Time are modules studying selected authors, literary periods, genres and themes. You will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests in a variety of written and verbal assignments. The final dissertation gives you the space to push your literary passion further individually.

Throughout this Master course you will be offered individual, independent modules delivered through a flexible timetable (which can also accommodate a part-time study route). It provides diversity in both content and structure, with longer modules offering breadth and scope, complemented by specialist modules providing depth and focus. You will be able to tailor the assessment according to your own interests, and produce your individual dissertation.

Assessment -

Teaching will be based on independent research tasks feeding into regular small group seminar sessions. Through a combination of expert commentary and critical discussion, students will acquire the skills and frameworks required for a range of oral, written and research-oriented assessments. These literary assessments will develop advanced communication and presentation skills for a multiplicity of professional futures.

For more information about this course or to apply, contact our Admissions team by emailing or calling (01522) 583658.

Visit the MA in English Literature page on the Bishop Grosseteste University website for more details!





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