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English and American Literature MA (Canterbury & Paris)

Course Description

This innovative and interdisciplinary MA programme combines taught modules and a dissertation and allows you to share your year between Canterbury and Paris.

You choose from our full range of MA literature modules, which is regularly added to by academics keen to explore new areas of thinking with students and to draw you in to our established areas of research strength.

This programme allows you to spend your first term at our Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities. For the spring term you relocate to our Paris centre, studying in a historic corner of Montparnasse - close to the famous Latin Quarter, the Sorbonne University and the glorious Jardin du Luxembourg.

In Paris, you participate in the Paris-focused modules, taught in English. Then, in the final term, you complete your MA by writing a 12-12,000-word dissertation on a research topic defined in collaboration with your academic supervisors. The programme can also be studied in Paris only.

You take two modules in each of the first two terms and a dissertation in the third.

The modules available in Paris, during the second term are:

One Paris module from your own subject area (compulsory).
The second module can be taken from the selection of Paris modules available.
For further information about the University of Kent, Paris, please see http://www.kent.ac.uk/paris/


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

EN818 - American Modernism 1900-1930 (Teaching Period I) (30 credits)
EN832 - Hacks, Dunces and Scribblers: Authorship and the Marketplace in the Eig (30 credits)
EN835 - Dickens, The Victorians and the Body (30 credits)
EN852 - Colonial and Postcolonial Discourses (30 credits)
FR866 - Literature and Theory (30 credits)
EN871 - Origins of Modern Poetry (30 credits)
FR820 - Paris: Reality and Representation (30 credits)

[[Teaching and Assessment[[
Assessment is by a 5-6,000-word essay for each module and a 12,000 word dissertation.

This programme is also available at Canterbury only or full-time at Paris.

Visit the English and American Literature MA (Canterbury & Paris) page on the University of Kent, Paris website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katie Britton

1249.jpg What attracted you to this course?
It was the only course I’d seen where you could combine English Literature – which I’d studied as an undergraduate – with spending time in Paris. I did French for A level so it was a real attraction to study somewhere I could speak the language. I was also keen to try living abroad and Paris has so much cultural and historical significance.

How have you found the teaching?
The first term in Canterbury was great – I studied Native American and Canadian First Nations literature, as well as works by Hemingway and Faulkner, which was a really good mix.

In Paris, we were taught by lecturers from both Comparative Literature and English so we got the best of two departments. The seminars were really interesting and we had a lot of related art trips – we’d talk about Zola and then go and look at naturalist paintings and see how it all linked together.

What about your fellow students?
I’ve made some very good friends. Because it was the first year of the course, we were a small group and formed a very tight bond. At Master’s level, you get the impression that people really like their subject – it’s lovely to be in that community and bounce ideas off each other.

What was your time in Paris like?
It was a really good experience for me as it was the first time I’d ever lived in such a big city. There are so many different people and there’s such a variety of things to see and do.

Reid Hall in Montparnasse is a beautiful campus and the facilities include a library. But we also received membership to the American Library in Paris – the subject specialists had a meeting with us before we went out to France and they told us all about the Library and the online resources we could use. We also had the chance to visit the Centre Pompidou and the Institut Charles V.

What’s the level of support been like?
It’s been fantastic. We had a good support network in Paris both academically and pastorally. It was always there when we needed it.

Any advice for potential students?
Go into it with a really open mind – it’s not just about studying text and language but a cultural analysis of whatever period you’re studying. If you’re thinking of doing it, go for it.


The University of Kent, Paris Taught MA Scholarship Fund - No. of awards TBC

The University of Kent, Paris is pleased to announce a scholarship fund worth £25,000 for taught Master’s students studying during the academic year 2016/17.Please find below the conditions and criteria of the scholarship fund and how to apply

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £5,000


- The scholarship fund is open to applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent, Paris MA programmes for the academic year starting in September 2016, whether split-site (Canterbury and Paris) or Paris only.- It is open only to applicants intending to study full-time.- UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are all eligible.- Candidates will be assessed on academic excellence, and will usually hold by July 2016 a first-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or hold by July 2016 an equivalent non-UK qualification or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or good second class honours degree in a relevant subject, or the equivalent

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