This course combines an intensive introduction to twentieth-century and contemporary literature with detailed examination of individual writers and texts. You will develop a detailed knowledge of themes and issues in modern literature as well as valuable research skills. Through seminars and group work you will critically explore literary and cultural theory, while also developing a broad knowledge of modern literature and critical theory. You will also gain a strong command of methodologies for understanding and analysing texts and ideas, giving you a solid base from which to begin your dissertation.
You will write a 15,000-word dissertation with one-to-one support from your supervisor. This will act as an excellent grounding in research if you´re thinking of continuing to doctoral level, while also providing evidence of a wide range of transferable skills for those wishing to pursue careers in other areas.
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2:1 degree in English literature or its equivalent.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Bibliography, Research Methods, and Writing Skills 1
Modern Literature and Theory 1
Option Modules, choose one option module from:
Literature and Cultural Identity: Contemporary Caribbean Writing
Poetry Writing and Contemporary Poetry (choose this module if you take the Creative Writing pathway)
Modern Literature and Theory 2
Plus your dissertation: You will write a Critical Dissertation if you are studying for an MA in Modern Literature, or a Creative Dissertation if you are taking the Creative Writing pathway. Both dissertations are 15,000 words.
Optional modules, choose one option module from:
Literature and Gender: Deviant Bodies and Dissident Desires
Writing Fiction (choose this module if you take the Creative Writing pathway)
A Masters degree in Modern Literature and Creative Writing is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. As well as deepening your knowledge in your chosen areas in the linguistics field, you will also develop transferable skills, such as research, analysis and presentation skills.
Completing an MA can be the first step in an academic career in Higher or Further Education, whilst also enhancing your career options outside the field of academia.
One popular career choice is teaching English, either in the UK, having completed a PGCE, or abroad, with a TEFL or TESOL qualification. Many of our students go on to careers as journalists on local, national and specialist newspapers and magazines. The fields of publishing, advertising, arts administration, PR, television, the film industry and other media-related jobs are also ideal destinations for English Studies graduates.
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