Our commitment to research-led teaching means that students are able to explore the cutting edge of the discipline - from the beginnings of the literature of revolution, to life writing, to contemporary US crime narrative. We provide an intimate, dynamic and supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and nationalities.
Our Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies MA course at Durham University offers up-to-date training in research methods and skills. You will choose three modules, at least two of which are from within the pathway, and you will write a dissertation on a subject related to twentieth- and twenty-first-century studies.
An MA in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literary Studies is often the platform for further research at PhD level, as well as providing an excellent grounding for jobs in education, the arts and the media.
If you choose to take this named pathway, you will be expected to select at least two modules from those available within the pathway and to write your dissertation in an area related to it. Your third optional module may, if you wish, be chosen from the full list of MA modules on offer in the Department. Students may, with permission, take one module from other modules on offer elsewhere in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. All students must take a triple weighted dissertation alongside their three optional modules.
Typical modules might include:
- Modern Poetry
- Literature of Slavery
- Modernism and Touch
- Representing the Self: From Sophocles to the Sopranos
- Post-War British Drama
- The Contemporary US Novel
- The Writing of Poetry
- Blood and Soil: Regionalism and Contemporary US Crime Narrative
- Twentieth Century satire.
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesLanguage Studies Literature View 420 other Masters in Literature in United Kingdom
Subject requirements, level and grade
- You will normally require an English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent) from a recognised university.
- Please use the 'additional comments' section of the application form to provide a personal statement.
- In addition to your three module choices, you will also need to include a piece of written work of approximately 2,000 words in length on a literary subject. This can be any piece of literary-critical work you have completed recently.
- We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications, please contact our International Office.
International22300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 22300 GBP per year during 12 months.
National10800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10800 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part Time Fees
- EU students: £5,940 per year
- Island students students: £12,265 per year
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