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Modern Literature & Culture MA

King’s College London Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Full time & Part time September MA One year FT, two years PT

About the course

Encounter a broad range of nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture from Britain, North America and the English-speaking world. This course gives you an opportunity to study an eclectic array of texts and topics – including Victorian Studies, Modernism and American Studies – and to think across the period boundaries that restrict other courses.

Our optional modules cover almost every aspect of modern literature and culture: from the Victorian novel and Modernist poetics to early science fiction and postcolonial life writing. King’s has one of the oldest English departments in the country, and our unrivalled central London location allows you to explore the city's rich literary history first hand. 

Key benefits

  • Unrivalled location in the centre of London, with easy access

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Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in English, or a subject in which English plays a significant part; other disciplines may be considered.

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When I decided to pursue my studies in English I knew I wanted to move to the UK and study there. King's quickly became my first choice because of its location in the heart of London and its outstanding reputation. Studying here allows not only for a full social life (there are over 100 student societies) but also for an in-depth study of English in its vibrant cultural context, which is underlined by the university’s various teaching and research partnerships with institutions such as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern.

I chose my English MA because it allows research across conventional period boundaries, enabling students to deepen their knowledge in the Victorian, Modernist and Post-modernist periods. The course structure, comprising of optional modules and one core module, offers a great amount of flexibility and choice while providing a solid grounding in the theory, culture and literature of the time.

Fortnightly workshops help students develop research and writing skills and confirm the department's excellence in teaching and research. The staff is friendly, approachable and always happy to discuss new ideas. While the course prepares students for the research at a higher degree level, the careers service offers valuable information and support for those looking to enter the job market after their graduation. Studying English at King's essentially means becoming part of a dynamic academic environment with passionate lecturers and ample room for personal and professional development.

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