The MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory explores a range of texts and themes from 1945 to the present, with an option to focus on the 21st century. Offers the opportunity to study cutting-edge topics such as the American novel after 1999, new directions in theory, the graphic novel, urban culture, performance studies, bioethics, and cultures of conflict and dissent from Africa to the Middle East.


Unrivalled location in the centre of London, with easy access to the British Library and the major libraries and archives of the capital.

Flexible programme offering a range of approaches to contemporary literature, culture and theory.

A dynamic, research-led department with an international reputation for excellence.


To develop critical understanding. To enable you to concentrate upon specific areas of literary and cultural studies and acquire advanced skills in research methods. To prepare you for doctoral study.


This programme aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore a range of topics and texts from 1945 to the present, with a particular focus on the intersection of literature, culture and theory and an opportunity to focus on the 21st century. It offers teaching and research training at postgraduate level in a wide range of aspects of English literature, language and culture, based in a research environment which values scholarly inquiry and independence of thought and offers graduate students a clear sense of what would be involved in progressing to the doctorate. Students receive training in research and writing skills (including manuscript work, bibliographies, internet resources) in preparation for the complextion of a large-scale research project.

Study Details:

MA One year FT, two years PT

Module Details:

Students take the core module, ‘Post-45: Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory’ , along with three option modules, which may include any of the following:

  • The Novel Now: Theory and Fiction after 1999
  • Literature, Play, Games
  • The Graphic Novel: Origins and Aesthetics
  • Culture and Dissent: The Arab Spring
  • Writing Global Cities
  • Theatre and Performance Theory
  • Conflict, Memory and Resistance in African Literature
  • Performance and Live Art
  • Biographical Writing
  • Contemporary South Asian Women’s Writing
  • Global/Local Shakespeares
  • Illness Narrative as Life Writing
  • Contemporary Authors: Kureishi and Rushdie
  • Performing Rights
  • The 20th Century City
  • The Transatlantic in Literature: from Caliban to Cosmopolitanism
  • Histories of the Built Environment


FT Home/EU: £7900 (2013), FT Overseas: £16250 (2013). PT Home/EU: £3950 (2013), PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)

Entry Requirements

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2.1 or above in English or a related discipline


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