University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

English Literature (Literature and Modernity, 1900 to the Present)

This programme examines a range of literary and theoretical contexts, introducing ways that writing and imagination shape and share in cultural and political processes. The course examines the role of literature in the formation of political and cultural systems under the conditions of 'modernity', and explores recent and contemporary redefinitions of literature, textuality and interpretation; a particular focus is on the relationship of literature and criticism to problems of cultural politics.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in an appropriate subject; applicants must supply a sample of written work of 3000-4000 words; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Compulsory courses: literature and modernity i: modernist aesthetics; literature and modernity ii: late modernism and beyond. Option courses include: critical theory: issues and debates; literature and the great war; poet-critics; modernism and empire; post-colonial writing; tragedy and modernity; Twentieth-century feminist fictions; contemporary American fiction.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
Telephone number: 
0131 651 1822