Durham University

Durham University

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies

The programme offers up-to-date training in research methods and skills; you choose 3 modules, at least 2 of which are from within the pathway, and you will write a dissertation on a subject related to 20th century studies; if you choose to take this named pathway, you will be expected to select at least 2 modules from those available within the pathway and to write your dissertation in an area related to it.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent) from a recognised university.

Course modules

Core modules: research methods and resources; dissertation. Optional modules: modern poetry; literatures of slavery; modernism and touch; life narratives; representing the self: from Sophocles to the sopranos; post-war British drama; the contemporary us novel; the writing of poetry; blood and soil: regionalism and contemporary us crime narrative.; modules are subject to staff availability and normally no more than 5 of the above will run in any 1 year.

Assessment methods

Assessment of core modules includes 1 research proposal exercise and 1 critical essay of 1500 words. There is also a dissertation of 12,000 words. Each optional module is normally assessed by 2 essays of 3000 words.

Sponsorship information

Funding is available through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Awards (one scholarship available) and also through the faculty MA Scholarships award scheme.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of English Studies
Telephone number: 
0191 334 2500