MA English Literature

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    MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

Our MA course offers an opportunity to deepen your passion for English literature and engage with the most up-to-date disciplinary debates. Based upon established models of scholarship, this programme moves between the study of single authors, literary genres, thematic threads and literary periods. This MA is designed around your development as a reader and researcher of literature; as a critical and reflective scholar; and as a communicator and presenter of knowledge. It invites you to contribute to the discussions, debates, and projects that are transforming the discipline now.

This MA programme combines current scholarly investigation with the promotion of transferrable academic and professional skills. BGU is a single campus institution with a proud history of educational excellence and an active research culture. As a prospective MA student, you can be assured of the high quality of our teaching within a friendly and supportive academic community. We are also passionate that during this course you will be able to build a strong rapport with your tutors and peers, and gain an all-round excellent experience at achieving your MA.

Entry Requirements

You would normally be expected to have, or predicted to have, at least a 2.2 Honours degree in English Literature or a related discipline.

If you hold another degree at a 2.2 or above, depending upon the content, you will be asked to demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge relating to the programme content. This would be assessed at interview and application.

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Student Destinations

This Masters course will prepare you for a variety of professions that depend on advanced critical, literary and analytical skills, and also depend on the sophisticated communication and research abilities you will gain. Careers such as:

•Professional Writing
•Academia (through a PhD)

However, a Masters in English need not result in a career specifically tied to the subject. Our graduates will also be in a strong position to move into occupations relating to:

•Public Relations
•Employment in the Civil Service

Module Details

Semester 1 (September – January) 

  • Theorising Literature: Critical Frameworks
  • Literature in Time: The Literature and Culture of the 1980’s
  • Framing Genre: The Bildungsroman

Semester 2 (February – April / May)

  • The Dark Side of Literature: The Gothic and Death
  • Author in Focus: Tennyson’s Legacy and a Family’s Archive
  • Thematic Threads: Paper Houses in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Semester 3 (May – September)

  • Dissertation

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