University of Leeds

University of Leeds

English Literature (Modern and Contemporary pathway)

This programme allows you to engage with texts and writers from across the 20th and 21st Century as well as the cultural, critical, conceptual and political contexts that have shaped them. You will have the chance to study major canonical and lesser-known authors as well as popular literature and film adaptation. You will also engage with some of the defining and urgent cultural issues and legacies of the modern and contemporary periods, including psychoanalysis, post-war writing, postcolonial literatures, mass and popular culture and eco-criticism and the environment. You could even select modules from other periods to broaden your knowledge. At the same time, you will develop your understanding of research methods in literary studies, preparing for further study or a career in a range of different sectors. Taught by leading researchers and using our impressive library resources and special collections, you will explore how writers have responded to the complexities of the modern world.

Entry requirements

Degree (minimum 2.1), or its equivalent, in English or a closely related subject; IELTS 6.5 with no grade below 6.0.

Course modules

Core modules: Studying English (research methods); research projects. Optional modules: Modernism and mass culture; the enigmatic body of modernism; reading (with) psychoanalysis; Graham Greene; global indigeneity.

Assessment methods

The School uses different assessment methods, but most of your modules will be assessed by a single 4,000 word essay, which you submit at the end of the semester. Your research project or dissertation is usually between 12,000 and 15,000 words. During the year you may also be expected to give presentations on your reading during seminars, or submit unassessed essays to get feedback on your work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of English
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0113 343 4738