MA English Literary Studies : Modern and Contemporary

Programme overview 

The Modern and Contemporary pathway gives you the opportunity to specialise in twentieth and twenty-first century perspectives on literature and material culture as part of the English department’s flexible MA programme. You will be taught by experts with a wide range of research interests in the area of modern and contemporary literature, ranging from English poetry of the First World War, modernism and material culture, mid-century confessional writing to contemporary comic books and postcolonial literatures. The MA pathway reflects that variety and allows students to adapt their module choice to their own specialist interests.

This pathway highlights the transformation of research into the literature and culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, particularly in relation to processes of globalisation. This pathway encourages you to think in an interdisciplinary way and will enable you to question the range of stylistic, artistic and theoretical responses to the dynamic cultural and socio-political changes of the century.

Your postgraduate studies will be grounded in a selection of taught modules, supported by a highly commended research training programme. It will culminate in a dissertation supervised by an expert in your area of interest. During your studies and research you will have access to a wide range of library resources and a wealth of archival holdings relevant to twentieth-century literature, such as collections of the work of John Betjeman, Agatha Christie, Rupert Croft-Cooke, William Golding, Ted Hughes and Daphne du Maurier. You will also be able to consult a unique collection of materials on the Middle East and the collection of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.

The MA programme is designed to foster critical thinking and a spirit of intellectual enquiry and offers you comprehensive training in independent research. It will equip you with an ideal foundation for further doctoral research in areas of modern or contemporary literature.