English Literary Studies, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16710
    Tuition (Year)
    9000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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TheMA in English Literary Studies fromUniversity of Southampton will give you the opportunity to pursue literary topics and genres from a wide selection of authors and periods: from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Eighteenth Century fiction to Victorian print culture and Literature and Law.

About

The programme will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent critical thinking; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and to examine how literature shapes the public understanding of diverse fields such as climate change, economics, medicine, religion, and more. Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognised masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar or as a professional in careers such as writing, broadcasting, teaching, and public administration

The MA is a broad-based programme that allows you to explore the interrelations of text, theory, and culture across the field of English literary and cultural studies. The flexible structure is designed to give you an advanced understanding of the study and practice of academic English literary studies in terms of cultural analysis, textual interpretation, and theoretical method.

The MA in English Literary Studies from University of Southampton will enable you to work independently in the field, to explore a range of periods and genres of English literature and culture as well as creative writing, and to evaluate unique archival resources. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of critical and research methods, raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature in various periods, and help you explore the role of literature in a contested cultural framework.

Career

An MA in English Literary Studies is excellent preparation for a career in teaching, publishing and arts administration. Graduates of our programme go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and you will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

A number of our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, media and found the year-long course invaluable in shaping and developing their voice.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Semester One
Optional
  • Approaches to the Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1914)
  • Approaches to the Long Twentieth Century (1914Present)
  • Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Writing for Children
  • The Art and Craft of Fiction Part I
  • Shakespeare and his World
  • Special Project (Text, Context, Intertext)
  • Special Project (Text, Culture, Theory)
Core
  • Adventures in Literary Research
  • Dissertation
Semester Two
Optional
  • Scriptwriting
  • The Art and Craft of Fiction Part II
  • Sweatshops, Sexworkers, and Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
  • Special Project (Text, Context, Intertext)
  • Special Project (Text, Culture, Theory)
  • Jerusalem: City and Symbol
  • Narrative Non-Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Art
Core
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 credits alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Degree
  • First- or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English literature or a cognate discipline
English Language
  • IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16710 International
  • GBP 9000 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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