This programme will provide a solid grounding in the key intellectual debates within scholarship on a range of period and context specialisms and develop the skills required for writing a research thesis.
It includes a mixture of compulsory and optional modules taken across the autumn and spring semesters:
- Semester 1: Core Period module 1; Period Option 1; Research Skills
- Semester 2: Core Period module 2; Period Option 2; Period Option 3
Over the course of the year you will also complete a supervised 15,000-word dissertation, to be submitted in September. You will undertake independent research, which may be based on but will extend work undertaken for previous modules in the programme. There should be some element of originality in the research and the research may make some contribution to the field of study.
Your core modules will be from the same pathway, if you are specialising in a literary period, or can be from different pathways if you are taking a general route through the degree.
- Reformation to Reform pathway: Writing Revolutions 1: Politics, Publics and Professionalism in Literary Culture, 1580-1700 and Writing Revolutions 2: Politics, Publics and Professionalism in Literary Culture, 1700-1832
- The Long Nineteenth Century pathway: Literature and Aesthetics in the Long Nineteenth Century; Cultures and Literatures of the Long Nineteenth Century
- Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature: Modernism; Contemporary Literature.
All pathways also include a compulsory ‘Research Skills’ module. For full descriptions, see 'modules' below.
You will choose three optional modules from a range covering a variety of authors and themes from the medieval period to the 21st century. If you are following a pathway through the MA, at least two of these optional modules will be taken from a set group relevant to your chosen literary period. If you are following a more general route through the degree you can pick optional modules from any literary period.
Optional modules are each assessed by a 4,000-word essay.
Alongside the programme you will also have the chance to participate in a bespoke MA conference and form part of the department’s thriving academic research community.