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English Literary Studies (MA)

Award
Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
Duration
1 year years
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Avenue
Next course starts
January 2021

COVID-19: we have updated the start date for this course

About this course

Explore English literature in-depth with a master’s degree at the University of Southampton.

Our course gives you the opportunity to pursue literary topics and genres from a wide selection of authors and periods, including:

  • Shakespeare
  • Jane Austen
  • Holocaust literature
  • Victorian print culture
  • literature and law

On completion of the course, you’ll be ready for careers in teaching, publishing and arts administration.

You’ll get the chance to carry out advanced-level research and independent critical thinking, and to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries. We'll help you examine how literature shapes the public understanding of diverse fields such as:

  • climate change
  • economics
  • medicine
  • religion

We offer a flexible module structure which is designed to give you an advanced understanding of cultural analysis, textual interpretation and theoretical method. You can specialise with one of 4 subject-specific pathways, or take a more general approach by choosing modules from each pathway.

The information on this page refers to the general pathway.

Across all pathways, you’ll explore the interrelations of text, theory and culture across the field of English literary and cultural studies. We’ll work with you to:

  • develop your knowledge of critical and research methods
  • raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature in various periods
  • explore the role of literature in a contested cultural framework

The part-time study option for this course will not be running in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader has research interests in Anglophone postcolonial world literatures, postcolonial theory, critical theory, poetics and politics, visual culture and globalisation. Visit Professor Stephen Morton’s staff profile to learn more about his work.

Related pathways

You can apply for one of the following pathways, or choose modules from each of them:

 

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.