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  • Objectives
    More generally, it will enable you to acquire the necessary advanced knowledge and skills which you can use to: -Enhance your employability by extending your area of expertise beyond that of your first degree -Make yourself stand out in an increasingly competitive job market by acquiring skills which show an ability to research independently and study a contemporary topic at an advanced level -Go on to more advanced, original research and doctoral study We also place strong emphasis on the development of research skills and analytical abilities appropriate to this level of study. The course is directly tailored to meet national benchmarks for research training and is therefore ideal if you are thinking about future doctoral-level study, as well as offering a valuable boost to your personal profile if you are an education professional or simply looking to expand your portfolio with a challenging and rewarding advanced qualification. This course is very much informed by current research. Course staff are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research, which was awarded a top rating of grade five (international quality) in the last Research Assessment Exercise. You will be able to participate alongside other postgraduates in the events run by the Centre such as seminars, lectures, conferences and regular postgraduate study days.
  • Entry requirements
    Our MA Literature, Culture and Identity is designed to appeal to those who have developed interests in questions of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity and who wish to pursue their research of such topics at an advanced level which will prepare them for postgraduate work in the fields of queer theory, gender studies, and postcolonial literature and theory.
  • Academic Title
    MA English Literature, Culture And Identity
  • Course description
    At the heart of the course is the production of a Masters dissertation, a substantial piece of individual research work. Supporting your achievement in this are a series of taught units, introducing advanced research skills, analytical techniques and methodological perspectives that you will need for work at the cutting edge of contemporary humanities.

    In addition to ‘Humanities Research Skills’, you will study a core unit: ‘Cultural Identities’ which aims to engage students in thinking critically about cultural constructions of identity, enabling you to focus on changing cultural perceptions of racial and sexual identity in theoretical writings from the nineteenth century to the present. You will then choose from two core options: ‘Body Maps: Deviancy, Regulation and the City’ or ‘Memory, Empire and Crime’ and one further option which may be specific to your degree, such as ‘Performing Genders’; an option chosen from those available on other, related, degree courses; or you may choose to engage in an independent project to be agreed with the Course Leader who will arrange appropriate supervision.

    -Three Core Units: Humanities Research Skills; Cultural Identities; Humanities MA Dissertation
    -One Subject Core Unit: either Body Maps: Deviancy, Regulation and the City or Memory, Empire and Crime
    -One Option: either Performing Genders or the Independent Project or one of the options offered on related degrees (MA Literature, Crime and Culture; MA Memory Cultures)

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