University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln

Twenty-First Century Literature

This course is research-led and taught by staff who are leading the field of 21st-century literature. There is a thriving research culture at Lincoln, including a biennial international conference �What Happens Now: 21st-century Writing in English�, editorial involvement in new journal, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, the running of on-line journal of 21st-century literary criticism Alluvium and an inter-disciplinary research group, 21st Century Research Group. The MA in 21st-century Literature gives students a critical understanding of current developments in contemporary literature, a sample of the diversity and variety of post-millennial English studies and the skills necessary for further research or employment. The programme equips students with a thorough knowledge of, and critical skills in, a variety of 21st-century literary forms and genres. Students present papers twice yearly at MA symposia, developing skills in independent research, public speaking and presentation.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a good Honours degree (usually a 2.1 or above), or an equivalent qualification.

Course modules

The optional modules lead to a 5,000 word research project which is designed to prepare you for the final part of the programme, a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject chosen by yourself by negotiation with a supervisor, and researched and written up in the final months of the Masters. English academics at Lincoln conducting research in 21st-century literature cover a wide range of forms, genres and themes. Specialist areas of staff expertise include: Contemporary Theatre; Postcolonial Literature; Ecocriticism; Utopian literature; Women�s Writing; Popular forms; Life Writing; American literature; Science Fiction; Trauma Studies; Creative Writing.

Assessment methods

Assessment involves short essays of 2,500-3,000 words for the core English Now modules; longer project work of 5,000 words for the options; and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

All UK or EU students who hold a 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree from another institution will receive a 20% reduction in tuition fees when they enrol on a University of Lincoln taught Master's programme. The scholarship is offset against tuition fee payments due for each academic year of study. Please note that the Master of Architecture (Part 2) and MBA programmes are exceptions to this scheme, as other scholarships are in place for those courses.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,880 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,961 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,880 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 38 per Credit point (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 38 per Credit point (EU fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 72 per Credit point (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lincoln (Main Site) Lincoln LN6 7TS East Midlands

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