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MALiterature and Culture

University of Birmingham United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Overview

This programme draws on the wide research expertise of the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham in order to develop your critical and analytical skills in the field of literary and cultural studies.

You can either take a general route through the programme, choosing core and optional modules from a variety of literary periods, or take one of a number of pathways, each focusing on a different period or literary genre. Possible pathways may include: Reformation to Reform; The Long Nineteenth Century; Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature. A wealth of optional modules relating to your pathway, taught by leading international scholars, allow you to specialise in areas which suit your particular interests and you will also complete a supervised 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

In addition to these optional and core modules, this programme is unique in offering you the chance to gain hands-on independent archival research and direct experience of relevant non-academic careers

Programme structure

This programme will provide a solid grounding in the key intellectual debates within scholarship on a range of period and context specialisms and develop the skills required for writing a research thesis.

It includes a mixture of compulsory and optional modules taken across the autumn and spring semesters:

Semester 1: Core Period module 1; Period Option 1; Research Skills
Semester 2: Core Period module 2; Period Option 2; Period Option 3
Over the course of the year you will also complete a supervised 15,000-word dissertation, to be submitted in September. You will undertake independent research, which may be based on but will extend work undertaken for previous modules in the programme. There should be some element of originality in the research and the research may make some contribution to the field of study.

Core modules

Your core modules will be from the same pathway, if you are specialising in a literary period, or can be from different pathways if you are taking a general route through the degree.

Reformation to Reform pathway: Writing Revolutions 1: Politics, Publics and Professionalism in Literary Culture, 1580-1700 and Writing Revolutions 2: Politics, Publics and Professionalism in Literary Culture, 1700-1832
The Long Nineteenth Century pathway: Literature and Aesthetics in the Long Nineteenth Century; Cultures and Literatures of the Long Nineteenth Century
Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature: Modernism; Contemporary Literature.
All pathways also include a compulsory ‘Research Skills’ module. For full descriptions, see ‘modules’ below.

Optional modules

You will choose three optional modules from a range covering a variety of authors and themes from the medieval period to the 21st century. If you are following a pathway through the MA, at least two of these optional modules will be taken from a set group relevant to your chosen literary period. If you are following a more general route through the degree you can pick optional modules from any literary period.

Optional modules are each assessed by a 4,000-word essay.

Alongside the programme you will also have the chance to participate in a bespoke MA conference and form part of the department’s thriving academic research community

Career opportunities

Birmingham’s English Literature postgraduates develop a range of skills including presentation, communication and analytical skills, as well as the ability to work independently, think critically and develop opinions.

Over the past five years, over 90% of English Literature postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many of our graduates go on to further study or academia, while others use their transferable skills in a wide variety of occupations including accounting, the charity sector, teaching, local government, law, publishing and media. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Birmingham Museums Trust; Bloomsbury Publishing; Civil Service; Coventry Arts and Heritage Trust; House of Commons; and University of Kent.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2017
Pre-deadline
Feb 1, 2017 23:59 (GMT)

This is a pre-deadline and we suggest to apply before this date

Primary deadline
Aug 1, 2017 23:59 (GMT)

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