University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Contemporary Literature and Culture

The course, reading the contemporary, introduces key ideas and concepts in the study of contemporary literature and culture; it considers a range of critical perspectives but also the material contexts in which contemporary literature is produced and received, along with topical themes such as identity, nationalism, history, trauma culture and literature and terrorism; a range of options allow students to work on contemporary British, American, Irish and Postcolonial literature and culture, specific topics such as gender or sexuality, or specific forms such as film, poetry or the novel.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or its overseas equivalent in a relevant humanities area is required; students whose 1st language is not English: IELTS minimum of 7.0 overall; on the TOEFL test a minimum score of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test) is expected.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes a dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grants are competetive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students; the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for Master's students; details are published in Feb/Mar each year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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