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MA Film and Literature


Course Description

The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).

'Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies combines expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your postgraduate study

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical interactions between literature and film, providing you with a wide range of textual and analytic skills. It allows you to choose a specific area of literary studies to complement your study of film history and theory, and to enhance your understanding of the different ways that literary and filmic texts create their meanings.

The comparative nature of our MA Film and Literature is informed by the research expertise of our staff, which encompasses a wide range of world cinemas, postcolonial studies, cultural theory, translation, adaptation theory, and modernist and postmodernist aesthetics. You can explore the relationship between literature and film from a number of different perspectives, including how the practices of one medium anticipates and influences the other.

Visit the MA Film and Literature page on the University of Essex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Wendy McMahon

“I have always had a passion for literature which led me to doing my Phd in LIterature. was I really enjoyed my time at Essex when I was completing my undergraduate degree and I chose to return to complete my PhD study because of the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies’ comparative and interdisciplinary nature.

What I enjoyed most was the independence I had whilst completing my research. The Department houses a wide range of expertise and provides a lively intellectual space within which to engender your own research.

The University of Essex has such a strong sense of community. Whilst at Essex I took every opportunity that the Department offered, whether it be training, the opportunity to present work, or social engagements. I would always advise others to do the same as I gained so much from these experiences.

My best memory of my time at Essex has to be when I presented my first research paper at a departmental seminar, it gave me a real sense of achievement.

Since completing my PhD I have been appointed as a Lecturer in American Studies within the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. My PhD study provided me with the fundamental training required for me to forge and pursue my desired academic career.


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Entry Requirements

2.1 or above in appropriate discipline; IELTS 7.0.

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