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 Curso se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    MA Literature and Culture
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    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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