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Edge Hill University, Full Time Masters Degrees in Languages, Literature & Culture

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The MA in English covers literature and popular culture in their historical contexts from the sixteenth century to the present day, with a focus on literature post-1800. Read more
The MA in English covers literature and popular culture in their historical contexts from the sixteenth century to the present day, with a focus on literature post-1800. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake a comparative study of literature, history and popular culture and develop research skills and methodologies. The programme will appeal if you are interested in combining the study of ‘serious’ literature with popular writing, women’s literature, and topics such as Empire, American national identity, the Victorian period, Holocaust and Second World War, approached as interdisciplinary case studies from the perspective of literature, history, popular culture and print culture. The course enables you to work across subject boundaries and provides excellent preparation if you wish to pursue a PhD in the future.

What will I study?

The programme consists of two compulsory modules (20 credits each), four optional modules (20 credits each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credits). You will be guided to a combination of optional modules focusing on literature and popular culture, or a combination of literature modules and modules on a historical topic or theme.

If you are interested in literature, the available options cover texts from the sixteenth century to the present day, with a predominant focus on literature post-1880. Themes include gender, popular culture, ‘transgressive’ women’s writing, masculinity, print culture, humour, the gothic, and various theoretical and critical perspectives.

History-related modules focus on themes from the last three centuries, including topics such as Empire, the Holocaust and the Second World War, approached as interdisciplinary case studies involving the study of history, literature and culture (especially popular culture).

How will I study?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and guided independent learning. Taught sessions take place between 6pm-9pm on weekday evenings. If you are studying full-time you will attend two evenings per week and if you are studying part-time you will attend one evening per week.

[[How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of assignments which, depending on the modules you choose, may include essays, critical reviews, critical diaries, presentations and research-based projects, and a dissertation.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a team of specialist tutors who are active researchers and committed teachers with interests in literature, popular culture, genre studies, modern history, women’s studies, history and print culture.

What are my career prospects?

Graduates in the humanities with a higher degree find employment in a wide variety of careers such as teaching, arts organisation and management, the heritage industry, publishing, advertising, journalism, libraries and learning centres, and management/administration.

Alternatively, upon successful completion of the programme, you may wish to apply to progress onto a research degree such as an MPhil or PhD.

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The MA in Popular Culture is a distinct, interdisciplinary MA programme that covers film, literature and cultural history. Read more
The MA in Popular Culture is a distinct, interdisciplinary MA programme that covers film, literature and cultural history. It will appeal if you are interested in popular culture in its critical and historical contexts and provides excellent preparation should you wish to pursue a research-based higher degree, such as a PhD, in the future.

Delivered by an enthusiastic team of cross-disciplinary specialists in popular culture research, the programme will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a comparative study of literature, history and film, working across subject boundaries. You will also develop the practical skills necessary to undertake work across subject boundaries and receive training in transferable research skills and methodologies.

What will I study?

The programme consists of two compulsory modules (20 credits each), four optional modules (20 credits each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

If you are interested in literature, the available options cover contemporary texts, including the genre fiction, journalism and print culture, and gender studies. Film-related modules focus on genre, identity and representation.

How will I study?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and guided independent learning. Taught sessions take place between 6pm-9pm on weekday evenings. If you are studying full-time you will attend two evenings per week and if you are studying part-time you will attend one evening per week.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of assignments which, depending on the modules you choose, may include essays, critical reviews, critical diaries, presentations, online discussions and research-based projects, as well as a 15,000-word dissertation.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a team of specialist tutors who are active researchers and committed teachers with interests in popular culture, literature, film, genre studies, modern history, gender studies, and history.

What are my career prospects?

Graduates in the humanities with a higher degree find employment in a wide variety of careers such as teaching, arts organisation and management, the heritage industry, publishing, advertising, journalism, libraries and learning centres or management/administration.

Alternatively, upon successful completion of the programme, you may wish to apply to progress onto a research degree such as an MPhil or PhD.

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The MA Critical Screen Practice introduces you to a broad range of critical and analytical approaches to various aspects of media while also providing the opportunity to develop your practical skills. Read more
The MA Critical Screen Practice introduces you to a broad range of critical and analytical approaches to various aspects of media while also providing the opportunity to develop your practical skills. You will develop an advanced knowledge of media, film and television and apply it to industry-related practice, theory and research.

The programme will advance your understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political context of media production, and foster rigorous skills in research methods, analysis and the theoretical conceptualisation of media and cultural theory.

The philosophy which underpins the programme is a desire to provide you with a learning experience that encourages and stimulates your intellectual curiosity, supports your development, challenges you and equips you with the necessary skills and abilities to compete successfully for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the media industry.

The MA will be attractive to graduates who have studied an area of creative study/practice such as media, music, film, television or drama.

If you wish to acquire specialist craft skills, combined with reflexive engagement with the policy and practice of the media and film industries, then this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

The programme consists of three compulsory modules. These interrogate key film studies and media theories and methodologies across the twentieth century and develop your practical skills. The modules also include integrated research training which is designed to help contextualise your own research.

You will also select optional modules to develop new skills, or tailor the MA to your own specific expertise. Elective module themes may include transnational media, European cinema, screen genres, and the relationship between media, culture and identities.

Full-time students will complete taught modules at the end of the second semester and work on a compulsory dissertation/project over the summer, building on the skills and knowledge you have already acquired. If you opt to study the MA on a part-time basis, you will study the taught modules over two years and complete the compulsory dissertation/project at the end of Year 2.

How will I study?

The taught components of the MA will be delivered by means of small-group seminars, delivered over two 12-week semesters. While working on your project/dissertation during the summer you will meet with your supervisor regularly for one-to-one meetings.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, from the traditional academic essay to reports, research portfolios and practical projects. To a large extent, your choice of research topic will determine the type of assessment employed.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be based primarily in the Department of Media and will be taught by experts in their respective fields. There is a regular programme of visiting speakers, professors and industry professionals.

What are my career prospects?

Once you graduate, you will be equipped with a highly desirable portfolio of transferable skills that will make you highly employable. You will possess an ability to blend theory and practice, as well as an understanding of how to make your research accessible and of public benefit. With MediaCityUK on the doorstep, you will have an excellent opportunity to forge a career in industry.

Alternatively, the skills and experience acquired through successful completion of this MA also provide essential preparation for progressing to research qualifications, such as an MPhil or PhD.

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