The MA is a specialist programme that allows you to focus in literature, culture and thought in the long twentieth century. The programme is closely linked to the Centre for Contemporary Writing at the University of Southampton. The MA can be used as professional training, or as preparation for PhD study at Southampton and elsewhere. Students in our programme benefit from small-group teaching with world-leading experts in modern and contemporary literature; creative writing; postcolonial studies; literature and science; poetics; and literature and law.
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To apply for a postgraduate course please visit the How to Apply page or click on the apply button below.
Application process and required supporting documents
- University online application including a personal statement
- 2 references
- Sample of written work
- English language (if relevant)
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This programme is divided into 180 credits. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 credits relating to the dissertation.
Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Start date: September
Closing date: 1st September (an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time unless a complete application is received by this date - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes)
Dissertation length: 20,000 words
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Typical entry requirements
First- or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English literature or a cognate discipline
IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Average applications per place:
Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English literature or a cognate discipline.
English language entry requirements: IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening & speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Selection process: Online application
Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course
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Typical course content
This Programme aims to make cutting-edge interventions into the study of twentieth and twenty-first century literature, and we will want you to be a part of that. The programme offers a structure of modules in key areas of the discipline, including global crisis in contemporary literature and culture; literature and science; contemporary writing; postcolonial literatures; creative writing; modernism(s) and postmodernism; race, gender and nationhood; literature and law; diaspora; visual image and text; and women's writing.
Full time students will take all taught modules during two semesters and complete their dissertation by the following September. Part time students will take taught modules during four semesters, and complete their dissertation by the September of year two. Full time students need to choose all of their options on S2; part time students can choose a S1 option.
Students can choose any module option offered by other MA programmes but should contact their MA Convenor in the first instance if they wish to take a non-English option.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay
|Printing and copying||Where possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour).
Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy.
You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk
Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account.
You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS FREN towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts.
The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page
They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page ||£0.05-1.00|
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module. |
|Equipment||Laboratory equipment and materials:
All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
|Equipment||IT: Computer discs or USB drives
Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
|Equipment||IT: Software licenses
All software is provided.
It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus. |
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.