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MA English Studies: Writing in the Modern Age


Course Description

Our MA in English Studies invites you to choose from a number of distinctive pathways through the programme.

Our Writing in the Modern Age pathway explores 20th and 21st century literature and culture. Its core module, ‘Modernism and After’, tracks the central debates that run through modern writing and criticism. What is ‘modern’ and what comes after it? What counts as ‘art’? How have relations between ‘high’ and ‘low’ altered over time? How does writing relate to racial or gendered ‘otherness’? How has writing rethought the politics of freedom and containment? How does literature change with new recording and distribution formats? How can criticism deal with creativity? These questions open up the last 120 years or so of literary and cultural innovation, and frame all the other modules you choose to take.

Writing in the Modern Age is a literature MA with an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural mindset. Our optional modules don’t just examine London or New York modernism, but consider how modernism looks from Cape Town, or Dublin, or Kingston, Jamaica. It offers a long view of the modern age, with modules from the fin-de-siècle to the very contemporary. Other modules on psychoanalysis, form, war legacies, and critical theory examine how intimately modern literary innovation has been bound together with the disciplines of modern self-understanding and group identity. All will help you shape your particular question for the dissertation, which you’ll work on one-to-one with academic staff during the final third of the year.

Visit the MA English Studies: Writing in the Modern Age page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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Martin Eve

1013.jpg Studied: MA in English Studies: Writing in the
Modern Age, graduated 2009

Currently: PhD candidate at Sussex University

Why did you choose Queen Mary?

Having previously completed my undergraduate
studies at Queen Mary, I was already assured of
the administrative and academic structures of the
department; they are excellent! I was also
fortunate enough to know, before I began, that I
wanted to continue in academia to write a PhD
on Thomas Pynchon but that, if I took the same
academic path as most studying this author,
I would likely end up with the same conclusions;
hardly innovative scholarship. Therefore, I opted
for a background in Modernism at Queen Mary,
an unusual path in my field, but one which has
allowed me to work with a different perspective to
others. The staff at Queen Mary were supportive
of this idea and supremely capable at every
stage of the course. Queen Mary is also a great
place to work. You have a beautiful campus
environment with all the benefits of Senate
House and the British Library right on your
doorstep.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?

Postgraduate study greatly enhanced my research
methodology. The training in techniques for the
systematic study of literature in context has
contributed immensely to both my critical
thinking and research practice. The staff were
knowledgeable and dedicated. Without their
support throughout, I would not have succeeded
in my application for AHRC funding at doctoral
level, with which they were more than willing to
help. The MA environment is also highly
stimulating in social terms. The people on the
course are all there because they love the subject
and the common ground prepared by this shared
passion makes for an unparalleled learning, and
social, experience. In the end, I look back on my
time at Queen Mary as the ideal preparation for
my ambitions to enter an academic career.
Perhaps, if I'm lucky, I'll end up back there
one day – on the teaching side!

What are your career plans in the next five years?

I hope to complete my PhD in approximately
three years time and, at that stage, apply for
research and teaching posts in higher education.
In the meantime, I have just had my first
invitation to speak at an international conference
and am involved in the establishment of an
interdisciplinary online journal.


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QMUL School of English and Drama International Scholarships - Single Award

The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is offering one scholarship for Overseas students which provides 50% tuition fee discount.The scholarship is available for full-time students applying to MA English Studies, MA Poetry, and MA Theatre and Performance.For further details, please refer to the website

Value of Scholarship(s)

£7425

Eligibility

- You must have applied to study full-time on our MA in Theatre and Performance, MA in Poetry, or our MA in English Studies (any of the pathways). Scholarships are not available for part-time study.
In order to receive the award:
- You should have an excellent academic track-record. We would usually expect you to achieve, or be expected to achieve, the equivalent of a British 1st Class Honours Degree.
- You must meet the conditions of your offer.
- You must not be in receipt of any other QMUL scholarship or full-fee scholarship from any other source.
For full details, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Please refer to the website

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/index.html


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QMUL School of English and Drama Home Scholarships - Single Award

The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London is pleased to offer one scholarship for Home students applying to MA English Studies (any pathway), MA Poetry, or MA Theatre and Performance. The scholarship provides 50% tuition fee discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4100

Eligibility

In order to apply:
- You must have applied to study full-time on our MA in Theatre and Performance or our MA in English Studies (any of the seven pathways). Scholarships are not available for part-time study.
In order to receive the award:
- You should have an excellent academic track-record. We would usually expect you to achieve, or be expected to achieve, the equivalent of a British 1st Class Honours Degree.
- You must meet the conditions of your offer.
- You must not be in receipt of any other QMUL scholarship or full-fee scholarship from any other source.
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Please visit the website for application information

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/index.html


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QMUL-Chevening Partner Awards - Single Award

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.Every year QMUL hosts a large cohort of the 1500 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. In 2016-17 we have a record of 87 scholars joining QMUL from countries across the globe!The School of English and Drama at QMUL is pleased to offer one QMUL-Chevening Partner Award across all its Masters programmes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years’ work experience
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.In order to be considered for a QMUL-Chevening Partner Award, candidates are encouraged to place QMUL as their first choice university.The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 November 12:00 GMT.Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.Candidates are encouraged to QMUL as early as possible to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2017.

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181259.html


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QMUL-Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.Every year QMUL hosts a large cohort of the 1500 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. In 2016-17 we have a record of 87 scholars joining QMUL from countries across the globe!Chevening Scholarships are available for students from all nationalities.All Chevening awards cover full overseas tuition fees, as well as providing a stipend for living costs, air-fares, and a variety of other expenses.Chevening Scholars also benefit from a year-long programme of events helping you experience the best of British culture and to make the most of your time in the UK.A large number of QMUL-Chevening Scholarships will be available across all one-year QMUL masters courses.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:
- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years’ work experience
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 November 12:00 GMT.Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.Candidates are encouraged to QMUL as early as possible to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2017.

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181259.html


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QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these awards.You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for Master’s (one-year courses only). All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to development.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.Application deadline: 15 November 2016

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181480.html


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QMUL HESPAL Scholarships - Single Award

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.The scholarship applies to a range of subject areas including:Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law, Management; Environmental Studies; Water management, Nursing, TSOL, Human Resourses, Economics, Literature, Linguistics, IT, Science programmes, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, MA Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, nanotechnologies and energy. The scholarship covers the following:- tuition fees
- pre-departure briefing from the British Council
- arrival allowances
- thesis allowances
- a monthly allowance to cover living expenses.Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is pleased to offer one scholarship for eligible students for 2017 entry.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

- Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
- Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities.
- Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
- Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
- Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

The completed application forms and all other documentation must be submitted in hard copies to your university scholarship coordination office by 23 January 2017Please visit the website for full information

Further Information

http://www.britishcouncil.ps/en/study-uk/scholarships/hespal



Entry Requirements

Most applicants will have an undergraduate degree with a first or good upper second class honours (or the equivalent) in English or such related fields as History, Cultural Studies and Media Studies.Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2. Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at Master's level will also be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview or asked to submit examples of written and/or creative work.

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