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Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #33 (QS) ,
The MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory at King's College London lets you explore a range of texts and themes from 1945 to the present, with an option to focus on the 21st century if you choose.

About

The MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory at King's College London offers you 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.

Key benefits

  • Unrivalled location in the centre of London, with easy access to the British Library and the major libraries and archives of the capital.
  • Flexible course offering a range of approaches to contemporary literature, culture and theory.
  • A dynamic, research-led department with an international reputation for excellence.

Career prospects

We expect some students will go on to pursue research. Others may transfer the skills they develop to careers in teaching, journalism, cultural arts and management, or the legal and financial sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Post-1945: Literature, Culture, Theory 
  • Advanced research skills workshops
  • Choose three modules  from a range of optional modules that typically includes:
  • Thinking the Contemporary: Theory and Fiction after 1999
  • African American Literature & the Problem of Music: Criticism, Aesthetics & Culture
  • On Speed: Accelerating Culture since the 19th Century
  • Theorising Contemporary Violence
  • The 20th Century City

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in English, or a related discipline.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • Two references are required with at least one academic.
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay of not more than 4,000 words, preferably on a topic related to their chosen course. 
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9990 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9990 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Part time 

  • Home/EU fees: £4995 per year 
  • Overseas fees: £10650 per year

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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