Isabella Atkins – MA Literature and Culture

MA Literature and Culture student, Isabella Atkins, tells us more about her experience studying at the University of Birmingham.

Why did you choose English Literature at the University of Birmingham?

“I chose to study MA Literature and Culture at the University of Birmingham because of the broad range of modules the course offers. Whilst I was able to specialise my choices around popular culture, I was also able to select extra modules to explore my wider interests, such as medieval literature. I was happy to be able to pursue a research area that I love whilst still expanding my knowledge.”

What has been the highlight of your course?

“My favourite module this year has been the Evolutions of Popular Culture module. Across eleven weeks we got to explore everything from Greek mythology and medieval romance to Chick Lit and Marvel comics. It was fantastic to have so much free reign over my end-of-module assignment. I was also encouraged to find new texts and authors I might have never otherwise encountered.”

What have you learnt from your programme?

“Over the course of my master’s year I feel that the work I have produced has rapidly improved. The feedback from staff I receive is always lengthy and constructive, and I’m always left with the knowledge on how to improve my future assignments. I have become so much more confident and independent in my research and writing abilities this year. Particularly, the course has encouraged me to undertake more independent work in archives, which I now love doing!”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“The University offers so many fantastic opportunities for social fun as well as work. This year as a department we have been on trips to the RSC at Stratford-Upon-Avon, archive trips, hosted a Christmas quiz, a Results Day celebration party and had frequent cafe socials for Master’s students. It’s been wonderful to be able to spend time with other postgraduate students and really get to feel part of the student community.”

Find out more about our MA Literature and Culture programme over on our course pages.