Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

Popular Literatures

This programme offers students the opportunity to specialise in the study of popular literature within a number of literary periods and genres, such as early modern drama, the 18th century novel, 20th century detective fiction, and science fiction and fantasy. It analyses texts from both literary and linguistic perspectives, and interrogates the concept of the 'popular' from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st Class or upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a humanities subject. For popular literatures, relevant subjects would include literature and language. Other backgrounds which might be appropriate include film, media or theatre studies. You should have a keen interest in the subjects, and a willingness to engage in wide reading around the topic areas. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Master's award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made. For students whose 1st language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

Course modules

Core modules: approaching popular literature; popular literature: theories and contexts; dissertation preparation; research dissertation. Indicative optional modules: the rise of the novel; science fiction and fantasy; gothic fictions; the literature of the first world war; crime and detective fiction; early modern popular culture; popular culture and stereotypes; the art of the graphic novel.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,600 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 4,600 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hope Park Liverpool L16 9JD North West

Key information

Student Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
0151 291 3111