Master On Campus

Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies

Trinity College Dublin

12 months
16868 EUR/year
9097 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The study of literature is never just one thing. Modern literary culture is diverse, exciting, complex, rich, and plural. The School of English is proud to offer a taught master’s degree which grows out of and embraces this multiplicity, the Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies programme of Trinity College Dublin.


Course Description

The Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies programme of Trinity College Dublin offers graduates in English or in related disciplines (e.g. history, art history, Irish studies) the opportunity to explore over two centuries of anglophone writing and literary history.

Students will be introduced to key texts, authors, and ideas from the nineteenth century through to the contemporary moment. You will shape your own distinct programme of study in a programme that combines core modules and a wide variety of options. You will also undertake a substantial piece of independent research in the form of a dissertation. At Trinity you will join a supportive and dynamic community of students, scholars, and writers in a world-leading English department right at the heart of one of the world’s great literary cities. You will also have access to the outstanding library and archival collections of our world-famous copyright library, which could form the basis for your own fundamental research.

This M.Phil. provides an excellent platform for moving on to doctoral research, as well as offering transferable skills for a variety of future careers, including in education, the arts, publishing and the media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives in Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Research Skills for Postgraduate English
  • Mapping the Literary Field
  • Modern and Contemporary American Novels
  • Shedunnit: Women’s Crime Writing from the 19th to the 21st Century
  • Opening the Book - Writing and Visual Art in a Postcolonial Context

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • II-1 degree or above (GPA 3.4) in English or a cognate discipline

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16868 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16868 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9097 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9097 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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