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HumanitiesPostgraduate study

Q200 MA 20th and 21st Century Literature - 1 yr(s)

The MA in 20th- and 21st-Century Literature will enable you to explore the complex cultural histories of literatures in English - national, minority, dissident, and diasporic - from the twentieth century to the present, and offers advanced training in the combined uses of close textual study, history and theory. Individual modules trace the paradoxes of modernity within the intersecting discourses of aesthetics, education, ethnicity, nationalism, legality, science, sexuality and urbanization.

Introducing your course

Do you have a love of literature? Explore the social impact and influence it has on our modern society with the MA 20th and 21st Century Literature masters degree. Study the fine art of poetry and explore writing for children and young people. Develop your own literary theories through rigorous study across genres of literature and go on to share this knowledge through a range of careers such as teaching, creative writing, broadcasting or international PhD programmes.

Programme Overview

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.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

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
  • Transcript
  • 2 references
  • Sample of written work
  • English language (if relevant)

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8062
Email: pgafh@southampton.ac.uk

Programme Structure

This programme is divided into 180 credits. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 credits relating to the dissertation.

Key Facts

Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)

Start date: September

Funding: A limited scholarship scheme is operated on a competitive basis by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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

International students

The Southampton pre-Masters can be taken if you have qualifications or grades that do not meet University of Southampton direct entry criteria but meet the minimum entry criteria for the pre-Masters further details). You will be guaranteed a place on your chosen masters degree programme subject to successfully completing the pre-Masters. Visit our pre-Masters Programme to find out more about these degree programmes.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Degree

First- or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in English literature or a cognate discipline

English Language

IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or equivalent in other approved English language test.

Selection process

Intake: 25

Average applications per place: 3

Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or equivalent 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 equivalent in other approved English language test.

Selection process: Online application

Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

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.

Year 1

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.

Semester One
Optional
ENGL6105
Victorian Readers and the Politics of Print
ENGL6106
Modernisms and Modernities
ENGL6107
Literature and Law
ENGL6111
Eighteenth Century Fiction and the Rise of the Novel
ENGL6112
Approaches the Long Eighteenth Century
ENGL6116
Writing For Children and Young People
ENGL6117
The Art and Craft of Fiction Part 1

ENGL6124 Sweatshops, Sexworkers, and Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation

Core
ENGL6103
Research Skills Part A
ENGL6106
Modernisms and Modernities
ENGL6107
Literature and Law
Semester Two
Optional
ENGL6099
Poetry and the City
ENGL6108
Literature and Race
ENGL6113
Unknown Jane Austen
ENGL6115
Scriptwriting
ENGL6118
The Art and Craft of Fiction Part 2

ENGL6123 Case Histories: Literature and Medicine

HUMA6014
Narrative Non-Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Art
Core
ENGL6102
Dissertation
ENGL6104
Research Skills Part B

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 or website).

Learning & Assessment

Costs

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 for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere 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 University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware 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.

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