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MA in English (Modern Literary Studies)

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  • Objectives
    This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of modern literary theory and modern Anglophone literary cultures. It draws on the characters and complementarities of British, North American, Caribbean and Commonwealth writing in English, from the eighteenth century to the beginnings of the twenty-first century.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrance Requirements A good Honours degree in English (typically a good 2:1 Honours degree or the international equivalent) or Joint or Combined Honours with English as a major subject. Additional Information for International Students For Arts-based areas the recommended minimum IELTS score is 6.5.
  • Academic Title
    MA in English (Modern Literary Studies)
  • Course description
    Course Content
    The MA consists of six full modules, four of them taught and a double-weighted dissertation module:

    Compulsory modules
    Modernity and its Discontents (a full twelve-week, team-taught module) and Research Methods (two half-modules in two six-week mini-modules) .

    Optional Modules
    (subject to availability), two from:
    Contemporary American Fiction, Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle Private/Public Women, Private/Public Women, Colonial and Postcolonial Discourses: Writings and Representations of India, Modernisms and the Post-modern in Twentieth Century Anglophone Poetry, Subjectivity and Modernity, The Discourses of Race and Slavery, American Hitchcock and Victorian Visual Culture.

    Dissertation of up to 15,000 words on an approved topic (double-weighted module: 320ENG769).

    Practical exercises, essays and seminar presentations.

    Special Features
    Various modules on this taught MA programme have developed and employed state-of-the-art IT elements. Four of our graduates have used this training as a stepping-stone toward the MSc in Computer Science and have enjoyed cross-over careers in literature and computers.

    Opportunities for Careers
    Graduates from the School of English MA programme have a good employment record. Professions including publishing, journalism, public relations, teaching, computer programming and systems analysis, library science, corporate advertising, the civil service, business, industry and the media all recruit from our pool of students while some choose to continue their studies to PhD level, on a chosen, specialised topic, in Modern Literary Studies. MLS graduates have secured lectureships at universities such as Birmingham, Brunel, Connecticut-Storrs, Open University, St Mary’s University College and elsewhere. Some have also secured prestigious post-doctoral fellowships at Notre dame, TCD and UCD among other places

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