Modern Literature (and optional Creative Writing) MA, PGDip, PGCert, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

You’re passionate about 20th century and contemporary literature, and you'd like the option of studying creative writing. We understand. That’s why you can combine the two paths with this one Masters degree.

Department
English

Course director
Dr Victoria Stewart
vas6@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
SchoolOfArts@le.ac.uk

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Course description

Course description

This course combines an intensive introduction to 20th century and contemporary literature with detailed examination of individual writers and texts. You will develop a detailed knowledge of themes and issues in modern literature as well as valuable research skills. Through seminars and group work you will critically explore literary and cultural theory, while also developing a broad knowledge of modern literature and critical theory. You will also gain a strong command of methodologies for understanding and analysing texts and ideas, giving you a solid base from which to begin your dissertation.

You will write a 15,000-word dissertation with one-to-one support from your supervisor. This will act as an excellent grounding in research if you're thinking of continuing to doctoral level, while also providing evidence of a wide range of transferable skills for those wishing to pursue careers in other areas.

Creative Writing

You will be able to choose whether you graduate with an MA in Modern Literature or an MA in Modern Literature and Creative Writing. The Creative Writing pathway is designed for students who do not necessarily have experience in Creative Writing but are keen to try it. If you choose this route, you will take the creative modules 'Writing Fiction' and 'Poetry Writing and Contemporary Poetry' as your option modules. You will also do the Creative Dissertation instead of the usual critical academic dissertation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in English literature or its equivalent.

Where appropriate, you may be asked to submit an essay as part of our admissions process. We will contact you if this is the case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fee for students who started in September 2018 was:

  • £7,835

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you're eligible.

Waddington Scholarship

The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fee for students who started in September 2018 was:

  • £15,405

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Waddington Scholarship

The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

A Masters degree in Modern Literature and Creative Writing is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. As well as deepening your knowledge in your chosen areas in the linguistics field, you will also develop transferable skills, such as research, analysis and presentation skills.

Completing an MA can be the first step in an academic career in Higher or Further Education, whilst also enhancing your career options outside the field of academia.

One popular career choice is teaching English, either in the UK, having completed a PGCE, or abroad, with a TEFL or TESOL qualification. Many of our students go on to careers as journalists on local, national and specialist newspapers and magazines. The fields of publishing, advertising, arts administration, PR, television, the film industry and other media-related jobs are also ideal destinations for English Studies graduates.

Previous graduates have gone on to careers as

  • archivists
  • civil servants
  • librarians
  • parliamentary researchers
  • social workers
  • IT consultants
  • accountants
  • solicitors or barristers after completing a Law conversion course

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Modules

Modules

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

For the MA in Modern Literature, you will take a Critical Dissertation

For the MA in Modern Literature with Creative Writing you will take a Creative Dissertation and two of your option modules must be the ones marked *.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Each year we organise Literary Leicester, a festival showcasing the best of local and internationally renowned talent. This is your opportunity to learn from, and ask questions of, some of the greatest writers of our time.

Our extensive network of contacts will let you meet professional writers and gain insight into a large array of possible career routes.

The course offers a stimulating and supportive environment in which you can develop your writing skills – with personal support from our teaching staff.

You will learn key literary and academic skills as well as relevant vocational and real-world applications.

English at Leicester

Sonia appreciates the way that theory is incorporated into creative writing.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by diverse methods in seminars or tutorial groups. Your dissertation will be individually supervised and separately assessed.

Over the course of the degree, you will complete the following:

  • A dissertation (maximum 15,000 words)
  • Two core modules
  • Two option modules

If you study part-time you will submit the three core module essays in your first year, then the two option module essays and dissertation in your second year.

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