UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

English (Issues in Modern Culture)

This programme introduces students to major works of 19th- and 20th-century British, French and American writers and provides a context for those works in philosophical and technological developments of the period. The programme explores a wide range of genres and authors and encourages the development of independent research skills. Each course is taught through a weekly seminar.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper 2nd Class undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will normally be required.

Course modules

Core module: Authors (including Henry James, Walter Pater, D.H. Lawrence; T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Alfred Hitchcock, Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace). The majority of students elect to take Contexts, which which explores the relationship between modern culture and the city from the 1860s to the present day, and may include the following topics: The American scene; epiphany and the everyday; documenting the city; suburbia; graphic cities; filming New York; queer fictions and the city. Students then take further optional modules. Options available change every year, but in recent years have included: Post-War American poetry; American counter-culture; 21st-century fiction; modernism, sex and redemption; Freud; James Joyce among the modernists; Marxist aesthetics in the 20th Century; cultures of chance (accident, error, and catastrophe in post-1945 literature and culture); detective fictions.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through take-home written examination, essays and the research dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 9,020 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 18,670 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,510 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 9,285 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

Key information

Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
0207 679 7381