University of Birmingham

Master in Literature and Culture - Máster en Cultura y Literatura

University of Birmingham
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    We charge an annual tuition fee.
    Fees for 2016/17:
    Home / EU: £6,570 full-time
    Overseas: £14,850 full-time
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Master se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    MA Literature and Culture


Studying English Literature at postgraduate level opens up a whole host of vibrant and intellectually stimulating avenues to explore.

At this level, English literary texts from the medieval period to present day are studied in and alongside their many different contexts – historical, social, political or material – and approached from a multitude of theoretical and methodological perspectives, enabling you to develop new and highly skilled ways of reading and interpreting.

Our innovative programme draws on the wide research expertise in order to develop your critical and analytical skills in the field of literary and cultural studies. The programme allows you to take a general route, choosing core and optional from a variety of literary periods, or take one of a number of pathways, each focusing on a different period of literary genre.


You should already have completed an honours degree in English Literature or in a cognate subject with a heavy literary element, with at least a high upper-second-class (65 or above) result, or a 3.5/4.0 GPA; candidates with joint honours in English Literature and another cognate subject, or single honours in a cognate subject that includes substantial work in English Literature, are also encouraged to apply. All successful candidates must have a very high competence in written English, and are assumed to have extensive undergraduate exposure to literary studies in English across a broad historical range.

International students

Academic requirements
We accept a range of qualifications

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements by holding an English language qualification to the right level; for this course, we ask for IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band.


Core modules

A research skills module is core to all pathways, and for students taking a general route through the programme:

Research Skills

This core Research Skills module will prepare all students for their MA dissertation and assist those students planning to continue to doctoral work in their application for external and/or internal funding. The module will run in Semester 1 and consist of a combination of generic research skills classes and individual supervisions. It aims to equip students with the research skills and familiarity with their field that will assist them in producing good assessed work and eventually good dissertations. Topics may include: use of the library and e-resources; planning a research project; referencing methods; book history and textual criticism; and working in archives. The latter will include sessions in the Cadbury Research Library, a trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Institute, and an independent student archival visit to take place at the end of Semester 1/ across the Christmas vacation.

You will also take two core Period modules, either from the same pathway if you are specialising in a literary period, or from different pathways if you are taking a general route through the degree:

Reformation to Reform pathway

Writing Revolutions 1: Politics, Publics and Professionalism in Literary Culture, 1580-1700. (semester 1)
Writing Revolutions 2: Politics, Publics and Professionalism in Literary Culture, 1700-1832. (semester 2)

The Long Nineteenth Century pathway

Literature and Aesthetics in the Long Nineteenth Century (Semester 1)
Cultures and Literatures of the Long Nineteenth Century (Semester 2)

Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature pathway

Modernism (semester 1)
Contemporary Literature (semester 2)

Optional modules

A wealth of optional modules will be on offer each year, and you will choose three of these (one in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2). If you are taking a pathway through the degree, you will choose at least two optional modules from the list available to your pathway but may, if you wish, choose your third option either from the same pathway or from an adjacent pathway. If you are taking a general route through the degree, you will be free to choose from across the whole range of optional modules.

Modules on offer may change from year to year and those listed are merely indicative.

Options relevant to Reformation to Reform pathway

Chaucer and His Sources
Chaucer: Pre-Modern Writing and Post-Modern Reading
Early Modern Drama: Middleton and Jonson
Fantasy and Fandom: Writing Back to the Medieval in Modern Fantasy
Gossip, Scandal and Celebrity
History of Shakespeare in Performance
John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets
Mastering Middle English
Paradise Lost: Text and context
Plays, Pageants, and Spectacle: Drama before Shakespeare
Reading and Writing Scottish Literature 1375-1513
Religion and Literature in Renaissance England
Shakespeare’s Afterlives
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Shakespeare´s Craftsmanship
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Topics in Medieval Texts, Cultures, and Societies
Options relevant to Long Nineteenth Century pathway

‘A Fierce Hour’: The Napoleonic Wars in English Literature from Byron to Hardy
Hardy and Lawrence
Henry James and Edith Wharton
Lyrical Ballads, with a few other Poems
Nation and Identity in Nineteenth-Century America
Politics and Terror in the Age of Revolutions
Senses of the Past: Nineteenth-Century Literature and History
The Pre-Raphaelite Circle
Victorian Drama
Victorian Literature and Science
Viragos, Coquettes and Prudes
Options relevant to Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature pathway

Bringing Out the Bodies: Technology, Transhumans, and Skin
Contemporary North American Writing
Fantasy and Fandom: Writing Back to the Medieval in Modern Fantasy
Film, Theory, Politics
Hardy and Lawrence
Imagining the Digital
Last Year’s Novels
Law and Literature
New York, New York
Postcolonial Poetry and Poetics
PoMo Historical Fictions
Remembering World War One
Textualities and Materialities
Theatres in Film
The Modernist Novel
Theories of the Modern
The Works of T.S. Eliot
World Comics
Language option (open to students on all pathways)

Language and Literature: Key Topics in Stylistics

Salidas profesionales

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. The University also offers a wide range of activities and services to give our students the edge in the job market, including: career planning designed to meet the needs of postgraduates; opportunities to meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs, employer presentations and skills workshops; individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.

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