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Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture - MA


Course Description

The Modern School offers a broad range of options in the literature and culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries within the structure of its MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture.

These options enable individual graduate students to construct a distinct, individually chosen MA programme, yet build on the critical, theoretical, and historical contexts that are established in the core course. Students can design a course that will suit their wish either to acquire a general knowledge of the period or to specialise in a particular area.

You will develop an understanding of:
-The engagement of modern writing with a range of cultural issues
-The cultural meanings and associations of important developments in literary technique in the twentieth century
-The development of ‘modernity’ in association with particular genres and writers
-Some of the ways in which modern historical and technological development affected notions of writing
-The importance of political movements such as feminism and the formation of gay identities to modern writing

Course Structure

The programme is fully modularised and divided into 4 taught modules (one compulsory, three options), a research skills training programme, and a research dissertation.

The core module, Reading Modernity, provides an introduction to some of the key critical and theoretical debates in the study of modern literature and culture. It offers students the opportunity to examine a number of issues that are central to the period.

In addition to their core module, students take three option modules, one in the Autumn term, and two in the Spring term. During the Summer term and Vacation, students work on their dissertations.

Assessment

-Four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each
-A 14,000-16,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic

Visit the Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture - MA page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex

I’m delighted I decided to do a Masters! I was explicitly told when I got the job as Parliamentary Assistant that my MA had made a difference, because it immediately demonstrates that you have an advanced skill set, commitment and dedication to your work, and the ability to produce high-quality written work, too. Having a Master’s degree really sets you out from the crowd in this regard. Beyond the happiness that my MA helped me get a job that I love and find fulfilling, I also met lots of really interesting, intelligent people during my MA who I know will be lifelong friends, and hopefully future academic colleagues! At Master’s level you’re treated differently by academic staff, too, and have lots more opportunities to discuss your study and collaborate on departmental projects. It was a real privilege to have more time to discuss work in depth with members of the English department, who were always available to support my ideas and answer my questions.


(Scholarship)

WRoCAH Research Preparation Bursaries & Departmental Scholarship - Single Award

The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) offers AHRC funding if you want to study a Masters degree in preparation for a PhD.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£6760.00

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, you must have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent before starting your Masters degree.You must have applied for one of the taught Masters degree listed above.Courses may be studied full-time or part-time. For part-time students, awards will be made on a pro-rata basis.Deadline for applications: Friday 5 May at 11.59pm

Application Procedure

If you would like to be considered for one of these awards, you will need to complete a short supplementary application form and return it to [email protected] by the same deadline, Friday 5 May 2017. Our academic assessors will consider both the original and supplementary application forms when making their decision on recipients of the bursaries. This application form can be accessed on the Department of English and Related Literature's Fees and Funding page.

Further Information

https://www.york.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/funding-money/


(Scholarship)

WRoCAH Research Preparation Bursaries & Departmental Scholarships - 3 Awards

The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) offers AHRC funding if you want to study a Masters degree in preparation for a PhD.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, you must have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent before starting your Masters degree.You must have applied for a taught Masters degree in one of the Departments and Centres listed above.Courses may be studied full-time or part-time. For part-time students, awards will be made on a pro-rata basis.

Application Procedure

If you would like to be considered for one of these awards, you will need to complete a short supplementary application form and return it to [email protected] by the same deadline, Friday 5 May 2017. Our academic assessors will consider both the original and supplementary application forms when making their decision on recipients of the bursaries. This application form can be accessed on the Department of English and Related Literature's Fees and Funding page.

Further Information

https://www.york.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/funding-money/



Entry Requirements

Applicants for MA programmes in English and Related Literature will normally be expected to have obtained upper second-class honours, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

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