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Birkbeck’s MA Contemporary Literature and Culture offers you the opportunity to specialise in twenty-first-century literature and culture, as well as exposing you to the most important literary and theoretical developments of the last few decades. It considers the legacy of postmodernism, the effects of new technologies on narrative form, and the aesthetic, spatial and political coordinates of writing produced in an increasingly networked and globalised world.

Through a range of literary and interdisciplinary options, you have the opportunity to pursue your own interests, whether they lie in contemporary poetics; in fiction from Britain, the US, Europe or postcolonial nations; in the changing forms of the book in a digital age; or in historical approaches to issues like nation, race, gender and sexuality. The MA’s programme of study opens up the aesthetic, historical and political dimensions of contemporary literature and culture.

Study Details:

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

Module Details:

CORE MODULES

  • Post-War to Contemporary
  • Reading the Contemporary

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing
  • Contemporary British Poetry
  • Contemporary US Fiction
  • Memory Trauma and Cultural Identity
  • Narrating Nation after 9/11
  • Reading Time in the Twentieth Century
  • The Book Unbound
  • Twenty-First Century Feminist Fiction and the World in Crisis
  • Voiceworks: Collaborative Song Project

Option modules vary from year to year and this list is indicative. You may be able, with the permission of the programme director, to take option modules available in different subject areas from across the School of Arts.

Student Destinations

Graduates go in to careers in writing and journalism, editing and publishing, research, marketing, public relations and education. Possible professions include writing, editing, or publishing. This degree can also be useful in becoming an editorial assistant, public relations officer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or advertising copywriter.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Part-time international students: £7600 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

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