Modern Literature (and Creative Writing)

MA, PGDip, PGCert, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you are fascinated by 20th century and contemporary literature and themes and issues in modern literature and would like the option of specialising in Creative Writing.

Course Description

This course combines an intensive introduction to twentieth-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.

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Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
English
Contact

Course director
Dr Emma Parker
ep27@le.ac.uk

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


English at Leicester Website

Why Leicester?

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

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

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

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.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

Option Modules

Choose one option module from:

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.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

Plus your dissertation: You will write a Critical Dissertation if you are studying for an MA in Modern Literature, or a Creative Dissertation if you are taking the Creative Writing pathway. Both dissertations are 15,000 words.

Optional modules

Choose one option module from:


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.

Teaching and Assessment

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, each with two 2,500-word essays (or one 5,000-word essay)
  • Two option modules, each with a 4,000-word essay

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.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree in English literature or its equivalent.

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.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £7,500

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Waddington Scholarships 2016

    If you hold an offer of a place on any one of our English MAs by 31st August 2016, you will automatically be considered for the award of a £1000 Waddington Scholarship. We have up to three Waddington Scholarships available in 2016. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and are open to full-time, part-time, Home, European Union and International students. (We reserve the right not to award the scholarships if there is no suitable candidate). 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

     

  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,105

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Waddington Scholarships 2016

    If you hold an offer of a place on any one of our English MAs by 31st August 2016, you will automatically be considered for the award of a £1000 Waddington Scholarship. We have up to three Waddington Scholarships available in 2016. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and are open to full-time, part-time, Home, European Union and International students. (We reserve the right not to award the scholarships if there is no suitable candidate). 

Career Opportunities

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
Careers

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Modern Literature and Creative Writing MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Modern Literature and Creative Writing MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
Modern Literature and Creative Writing
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Modern Literature and Creative Writing
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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