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MA English Literature


Course Description

Course Summary

Pursue your own intellectual interests and develop advanced critical thinking and literary analysis skills. Research-active experts in their fields deliver the taught elements, small seminar groups enabling significant individual support and guidance.

A thorough knowledge of 19th century and 20th century texts and contexts, and specific units in Readers and Reading, Literary Pilgrimages, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature allow you to reflect on significant historical, intellectual and philosophical debates. Research Methods develops further skills necessary at postgraduate level.

Building on your interests, a final dissertation project allows you to conduct independent research in a topic of your choosing.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose English Literature MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study in a department with vibrant research culture with regular visiting speakers and literary events, on a course informed by the research expertise of a teaching team widely published in their respective fields and receiving consistently high results in the National Student Survey (NSS)
- Explore the wider cultural scope of your studies with specialist field trips to museums, galleries, libraries and archives, giving you the opportunity to study unique primary materials and meet professionals from these institutions
- Develop skills which are invaluable for careers within the media, culture and knowledge industries, giving you career opportunities in advertising and marketing; arts and heritage management; broadcasting; business; communication and public relations; education, either as a primary or a secondary school teacher; journalism; librarianship or publishing
- Gain access to the Hockliffe and the Cinderella Collections, amongst the most important archives of children’s literature in the UK
- Benefit from acquiring the essential skills to enable you to progress doctoral level studies with an MPhil or PhD research degree.

Why choose this course?

- This MA allows you to pursue your own research interests whilst also guiding you through a combination of established and contemporary critical approaches to literary studies.

- Strong period coverage and thematically organised units provide an interdisciplinary and innovative approach to the subject.

- The intellectual identity of the course is informed by the research expertise of the teaching team who have all published widely in their respective fields.

- Excellent teaching is delivered by staff who have received consistently high results in the National Student Survey.

- Specialist field trips to museums, galleries, libraries and archives gives you the opportunity to study unique primary materials, meet with professionals from these institutions, and explore the wider cultural scope of your studies.

- In addition to benefiting from a dedicated subject librarian you will also have access to the Hockliffe and the Cinderella Collections, amongst the most important archives of childrens literature in the UK.

- As part of the Department of Performing Arts and English you will benefit from our campus theatre that plays host to a range of professional performance seasons, workshops and conferences.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements for UK students: http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/ukugentryreqs

Students from the European Union: http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/eu/guides

International students: http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/international/apply

The MA course follows the Universitys standard entry requirements, therefore to be considered for a place on the course you must hold an Honours Degree. While it is anticipated that most applicants will possess an undergraduate degree in English Literature or related humanities subject, the course also welcomes graduates from other subjects. However you will need to demonstrate through submission of written evidence your aptitude for the subject. A short essay on a topic agreed by the admissions tutor will normally suffice. We also welcome applications from industry professionals interested in the academic study of the subject, or looking to enhance your CV with an academic qualification. Standard University of Bedfordshire entry requirements apply for Home and International applicants. All applicants will be required to participate in an interview with a member of the course team. This can take the form of a face-to-face meeting or in cases where candidates have some distance to travel telephone or video calls can be arranged.

[[Career Management Skills

The Course Coordinator and unit tutors will be able to advise you about the potential for higher degree study once you have completed your MA. Members of staff will also be able to advise you about opportunities for internships and work experience to complement your academic activities. The Careers Recruitment Service is also in a position to advise you about new and enhanced career directions available to you at the different exit points from the course.

The MA in English Literature is supported by an Industry Panel that has provided constructive feedback on the content of the course to ensure that students have an opportunity to acquire skills that are valued by potential employers. Members are drawn from education, publishing, journalism, charitable and cultural institutions. Currently our representatives include members from HarperCollins, Thomson-Reuters, RSPB and Tate Britain. In addition to ensuring that the course is based upon the acquisition of transferable skills that are relevant for the current job market our members also offer specialized skills sessions, internship opportunities and career mentoring for our students.

Career/Further study opportunities

Career:

A Masters in English Literature equips you with many transferable skills, which are invaluable for careers within the media, culture and knowledge industries. On completing this course you could progress into one of the following areas:

- Advertising and Marketing
- Arts and Heritage Management
- Broadcasting
- Business Communications
- Communication and Public Relations
- Education, either as a primary or a secondary school teacher( after obtaining QTS via a PGCE or other teacher training)
- Journalism
- Librarianship
- Publishing

Further study:

- PGCE Secondary Education English
- PGCE Education Key Stage 2/3 Middle Years
- PGCE Primary Education
- MPhil or PhD in English Literature
- Certificate in TEFL

Visit the MA English Literature page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

See Course Description

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