English Literary Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • 16710
    Tuition (Year)
    9000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The MA in English Literary Studies at University of Southampton 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. This flexible programme is designed to give you an advanced understanding of the study and practice of academic English in terms of cultural analysis, textual interpretation, and theoretical method.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The MA in English Literary Studies 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, the historical and critical reception of literature in designated areas and literature in a contested cultural framework.

Is there a particular area of English literature that fascinates you? Want to start a project in a specialised area that you can share with other literary critics? Then apply for the MA English Literary Studies degree. You will examine genres of English works from a wide selection of periods; from Eighteenth Century fiction, to Victorian readers and the politics of print. Study an MA in English Literary Studies and gain a deeper understanding of the literary world. This degree can lead to careers in writing, lecturing, teaching and broadcasting.

University of Southampton is committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience that will ensure that you graduate with the additional skills and understanding you need to start a career in a wide range of areas or to go on to further research.

How will you learn?
  • The MA offers a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics who are experts in their chosen fields of research and who wish to engage you with their experience.
  • Typically, Masters modules have small seminar groups, facilitating your engagement with the ideas and themes that you feel passionate about. Other methods of learning will include student-led debates, group work and oral presentations, individual consultation and the dissertation. Our teaching methods will challenge you intellectually and expose you to new ideas, approaches and perspectives. Our courses have many exciting additional opportunities such as visiting Chawton House Library, a unique collection of early women’s writing, a 19th Century Handpress Printing Workshop, and the chance to hear from visiting speakers from international universities who are frequent part of our Research Centre-led lecture and seminar series. These include the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research, Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing.
  • A large part of postgraduate study is independent learning. The MA will develop your critical awareness, encouraging you to reflect on the methodologies employed in further study and to apply these to the reading and research you undertake as part of your degree. Subject to availability, you may choose to take an Individually Negotiated Topic in an area of the department’s expertise. You will also research and write a scholarly dissertation on a subject of your own devising.
Assessment
  • You will be assessed by traditional means, such as essays, but, depending on the modules you choose you will also be asked to work in groups and teams to make presentations. You will also manage a large independent research project: the Masters dissertation. The 20,000 word dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.
Professional development
  • A Masters degree will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as: time management; problem solving; team work; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.

Programme Structure

Typical course content
  • This Programme aims to make cutting-edge interventions into many areas of English Literary Studies, and we will want you to be a part of that. Although you will be able to explore very widely in English texts, theory, and culture, from the medieval to the contemporary, you will also be able to follow "pathways" in the MA, so as to shape your degree towards those areas in which your interests match our particular specialities.
Year 1
  • The programme comprises seven taught modules (three core modules and four options) plus a dissertation. Full time students will take all taught modules during two semesters and complete their dissertation by the following September.
  • Students will therefore take three core modules, ENGL6103 Research Skills A, ENGL6104 Research Skills B and the choice of either ENGL6106 or ENGL6110 (whichever is not taken as Core will then be available as an option)
  • Students can choose any other option offered by Humanities MA programmes. Students wishing to take a non-English module must contact their MA Convenor in the first instance.
Semester One
Optional:
  • Victorian Readers and the Politics of Print
  • Modernisms and Modernities
  • Literature and Law
  • Eighteenth Century Fiction and the Rise of the Novel
  • Approaches the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Writing For Children and Young People
  • The Art and Craft of Fiction Part 1
Core:
  • Research Skills Part A
  • Modernisms and Modernities
  • War and Conflict in Literature and Film
Semester Two
Optional:
  • Poetry and the City
  • Literature and Race
  • Unknown Jane Austen
  • Scriptwriting
  • The Art and Craft of Fiction Part 2
Core:
  • Dissertation
  • Research Skills Part B

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits
    180 credits

    This programme is divided into 180 credits. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 credits relating to the dissertation.

  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months
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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 EEA
Part-time:
  • UK/EU fees: £4,500
  • International fees: £8,355
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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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