Literature and Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #147 (WUR) ,
We build on the tradition of interdisciplinary research at Sussex. This includes strong links between the Department of Philosophy and the School of English. You’ll study in a stimulating environment for creative thinking, open discussion and critical engagement, where you'll draw on ideas from literature, philosophy (analytic and continental), psychology and intellectual history.

About

You have the opportunity to examine central topics that arise at the intersection of philosophy and literature, such as:

  • the autonomy of the work of art
  • literature as philosophy
  • ethics and literature
  • the experience of reading
  • style and narrative
  • modernism and modernity.

Key facts

  • Our research quality in English and Drama was ranked in the top 10 in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • English at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2017, The Complete University Guide 2017 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016).
  • You’ll benefit from activities organised by the Literature and Philosophy Research Network.

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • teaching and education
  • publishing
  • website production and marketing
  • journalism and writing
  • the charity sector and NGOs.

A number of our graduates go on to further study and careers in academia.

Programme Structure

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Explorations in Philosophy and Literature
  • Literature and Philosophy Dissertation
  • Philosophy Reading Seminar

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Bearing Witness: Terror and Trauma in Global Literature
  • Creativity and Utopia
  • Critical Issues in Queer Theory
  • Ethics and Normativity
  • The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory
  • Hegel and Marx
  • Image and Text 1780-1880
  • ImagiNation: The Great American Novel
  • Interpretation, Theory, and Research Methods in Literary Study
  • Language, Art and Representation
  • Literature and Society, 1750-1890
  • Literature in the Institution: the university and the study of culture
  • Literature in the Institution: the university and the study of culture
  • Marxism and Creative Writing
  • Modernist and Contemporary Fictions
  • New Configurations in Critical Theory
  • Psychoanalysis and Creative Writing
  • Theory in Practice: Readings in Contemporary Theory and Literature
  • World and Mind

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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    88

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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).

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a subject relevant to the Masters degree


Tuition Fee

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    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Brighton

  • 815 - 1390 GBP/month
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