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English Literary Studies (Twentieth Century and Contemporary)

University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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The English Literary Studies (Twentieth Century and Contemporary) MA course offered at the University of Southampton will enable you to explore the complex cultural histories of literatures in English from the twentieth century to the present, and offers advanced training in the practice of close textual study, history and theory. 

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Course Details

The English Literary Studies (Twentieth Century and Contemporary) MA course offered at the University of Southampton will give you the opportunity to specialise in the literature and culture of modernity. It is taught by world-leading experts who are as passionate about the subject as you are, and is linked to the Southampton Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing. It will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent thinking in theory, history, and criticism; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and examine how modern and contemporary writing influences the public understanding of climate change, economics, conflict, medicine, religion, security, and more.The MA pathway in English Literary Studies (Twentieth Century and Contemporary) at University of Southampton

Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognised masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar or as a professional in areas such as broadcasting, creative writing, secondary school teaching, librarianship, museums and galleries, publishing and roles in the heritage industry.

The pathway in English Literary Studies (Twentieth Century and Contemporary) at University of Southampton allows you to specialise in the literary culture and history of the long twentieth century. It is taught by leading experts in the field and has a unique link to the Southampton Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing .

The MA English Literary Studies (Twentieth Century and Contemporary) will enable you to work independently in the field; to explore how genres, authors, and texts participate in wider public discourses concerning race, gender, embodiment, disability, climate change, science, globalization, and sexualities; to examine the interface between literary and visual cultures; and to evaluate unique publications and archival resources specific to the period. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of critical and research methods appropriate to the period; raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature and culture in the long twentieth century; and empower you to explore the nuances of literary meaning in the contested cultural field of twentieth-century public culture.

Career Opportunities

An MA in English Literary Studies is excellent preparation for a career in teaching, publishing and arts administration. Graduates of our programme go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and you will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • English Dissertation
  • Adventures in Literary Research
  • Writing for Children and Young People
  • The Art and Craft of Fiction
  • Special Project (Text, Culture, Theory)
  • Special Project (Text, Context, Intertext)
  • Approaches to Jane Austen
  • Jewish Society and Culture in Eastern Europe
  • Histories of Britain and Empire

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You'll need a 2:1 degree in English literature or a related subject.
  • You will also need to provide a sample of written work for assessment. The sample should be approximately 2,500 words in length.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
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