Manchester Metropolitan University

English Studies

This course offers a flexible, challenging Masters programme, delivered by a team of tutors with internationally recognised academic expertise in specialist areas. There are three routes: you can choose a specialised pathway in Contemporary Literature, Film & Theory or The Gothic, and a general English Studies route where students can build their own bespoke programme, choosing units from either pathways to create a Masters level experience reflecting your own interests in the further study of English. MA English Studies: Contemporary Literature, Film and Theory focuses on contemporary cultural practices and critical theoretical interventions. This pathway reflects research strengths in contemporary literary and film studies, critical and cultural theory, memory and trauma studies, the critical medical humanities and queer, postcolonial and cultural disability studies. MA English Studies: The Gothic begins with the pre-history of the Gothic mode in the seventeenth century, explores its eighteenth and nineteenth-century incarnations and concludes with contemporary manifestations of the mode. Students study plays and novels, films and television, framed by socio-cultural perspectives and critical and theoretical analyses. MA English Studies (general pathway) allows students to freely select units from the full range on offer.

Course modules

There are three routes: you can choose a specialised pathway (MA English studies: contemporary literature, film and theory or ma English studies: the gothic) or a general route (MA English studies): year 1: MA English studies (general pathway) if you opt for the general route, you can choose any three of the six core units offered, plus 'practices' and a dissertation in any area of English studies. core units: dissertation; practices; option units: rise of the gothic; twentieth century gothic; post-millennial gothic; time; space; body; specialist pathways; the specialist pathways in contemporary literature, film and theory and the gothic comprise: three mandatory core units in one of the dedicated pathways, plus a research unit 'practices' and a dissertation in the named area of study. Core units for the gothic: rise of the gothic; twentieth century gothic; Post-millennial gothic; dissertation; practices; core units for contemporary literature, film & theory: time; space; body; dissertation; practices.

Assessment methods

The programme is examined mainly through written work, with an essay of around 6000 words (or equivalent) in each unit usually forming the basis of that assessment; all MA students submit a Dissertation of around 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years
MA Distance learning September 2018 - 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years

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Main Site M15 6BH North West

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