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English Literature, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The English Literature course at Kingston University focuses on dissident writing and transgressive texts, from the early modern period to the present, and from contexts from across the globe. Engaging with recent developments in theoretical and critical practice, the course will develop your knowledge and understanding of English literature.

About

Key features

  • You'll be taught by world-leading academics with highly rated research publications. You'll also find Kingston a supportive environment and be able to access plenty of resources to develop and perfect your study skills.
  • Course assessment is flexible and innovative, ranging from traditional essays and dissertations to blogs and multimedia presentations.
  • Capitalising on our location, several modules are complemented by field trips (for example, to the British Library, museums and theatres) to enhance and support your learning experience.
  • This course enables you to become part of a vibrant postgraduate community and attend extra-curricular events organised by the Writers' Centre Kingston and Cultural Histories at Kingston.

What will you study?

The core module, Transgression and Dissidence, introduces the course's central themes by focusing on texts that explore the limits of human experience and contravene cultural boundaries. You will explore how literature, through such transgression, has provided opportunities for dissent and resistance, and will consider the extent to which writing has acted as a catalyst for social and political change. You will then study various conceptual approaches to literature through your choice of option modules, which provide the opportunity to analyse and discuss a range of contentious issues across a number of historical periods and with respect to different genres.

Where this course will take you

The English Literature course at Kingston University is designed for students who have a personal or a professional interest in literature. It is particularly suited for those wishing to enhance their careers in areas such as:

  • publishing, library, and museum services;
  • journalism;
  • teaching;
  • the arts in general;
  • the creative industries; or
  • any other context where a knowledge of literature and skills in critical analysis are of importance.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • English Literature Dissertation
  • Transgression and Dissidence
  • Mappings and crossings
  • Trauma and Justice
  • Ten Critical Challenges for Creative Writers
  • Radical Writers
  • American Countercultures
  • Imagined Places: Humans, Animals and Cyborgs

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      2 years including professional placement
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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: 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).

  • We normally expect applicants to have a good second-class degree in English literature or a related subject. We will consider non-standard entrants on an individual basis.
  • You must also submit a 3,000-word piece of critical writing on a literary topic or work, a personal statement (1,000 words), plus two academic references.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7125 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.

Home and European Union:

  • MA part time £3,300
Overseas (not EU):
  • MA part time: £7,755

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.

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