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English - Modernities: American and British Literature and Film, M.A.

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  • 12 months
University rank #310 (QS) ,
This interdisciplinary MA course encourages you to explore American culture in the twentieth and twenty first centuries, from the age of immigration and the Jazz Age of the 1900s-1920s to the present day.


This MA introduces students to the advanced study of American and British literature and film, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Under the guidance of leading scholars in their fields, students will encounter some of the most influential contemporary critical and theoretical models currently being applied to the notions of modernity and modernisation, and apply the ideas raised by these theories to a rich variety of literary and filmic texts from such movements as Romanticism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. Writers and directors who are studied range from canonical Romantics and modernists, including P.B. and Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Beckett, to recent and contemporary novelists and filmmakers such as Thomas Pynchon and Stanley Kubrick. Among theorists of modernity, students can expect to examine Freud, Nietzsche, de Beauvoir, Habermas, and Jameson, and to explore the relevance of their ideas to a deeper understating and greater appreciation of the literature and film in this period. 

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Contemporary Literary Research: Skills, Methods and Strategies 
  • Theories of Modernity 
  • Literary and Cultural Modernisms 
  • Postmodernism in Literature and Film 
  • Romanticism and Modernity 
  • American Modernities 
  • American Cinema 


            • Dr Lee Jenkins
            • Dr Alan Gibbs
            • Dr Gwenda Young
            • Dr Anne Etienne
            • Dr Maureen O’Connor
            • Dr Jools Gilson

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 12 months
            • Credits
              90 alternative credits
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

            You need the following IELTS score:

            • Minimum required score:


              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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            Academic Requirements

            You need the following GPA score:

            Required score: 3.3

            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 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

            • To be considered for admission to an MA programme within the School of English, an applicant will normally possess a primary degree result of Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) level or higher or equivalent qualification in English or a cognate subject. 
            • All candidates must satisfy a Selection Committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference. For North American students a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 is expected. 

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              13000 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
            • EU/EEA

              6000 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR 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.

            Living costs for Cork

            • 860 - 1400 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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