Durham University

Durham University

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies

Our taught MA pathway in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies offers choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise within this field. You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study within the field. Our commitment to research-led teaching means that you are able to explore the cutting-edge of the discipline - from the beginnings of the literature of revolution, to life writing, to contemporary US crime narrative. We provide an intimate, dynamic and supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and nationalities. Our programme offers up-to-date training in research methods and skills. You will choose three modules, at least two of which are from within the pathway, and you will write a dissertation on a subject related to twentieth- and twenty-first-century studies. An MA in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literary Studies is often the platform for further research at PhD level, as well as providing an excellent grounding for jobs in education, the arts and the media.

Entry requirements

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

Please use the 'additional comments' section of the application form to provide a personal statement.

In addition to your three module choices, you will also need to include a piece of written work of approximately 2,000 words in length on a literary subject. This can be any piece of literary-critical work you have completed recently and may be emailed direct to the Department if you wish (english.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk).

We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications, please contact our International Office.

Course modules

Core Modules:
Research Methods and Resources,
Dissertation.
Optional Modules:
Typical modules might include:

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.

Assessment methods

All students take 3 modules, taught in small seminar groups of up to 10, with each module generating eighteen hours of contact time (9 seminars x 2 hours) over the academic year. A strong emphasis is placed on independent research, and seminars usually involve a considerable amount of preparation, including short presentations and workshop activities. Assessment is by coursework and a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of English Studies
Telephone number: 
0191 334 2500