University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Literature, Culture and Identity

This course is designed for those who have developed interests in questions of gender, sexuality and ethnicity and who wish to express this through literary analysis of a range of writing from the English-speaking world, and from mainland Europe in translation. Key topics include the consideration of ideas of the 'self/other', travel and migration, war, postcolonial and national identities, geography and the relationship to physical space, and gender and sexuality.

Entry requirements

A good second class honours degree, or above, in the field of literature or a related combination of subjects. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Course modules

At the heart of the course is the production of a dissertation - a substantial piece of individual research work. Supporting your achievement in this are a series of taught units, introducing advanced research skills, analytical techniques and methodological perspectives that you will need for work at the cutting edge of contemporary humanities.

In addition, you will study a core unit, Cultural Identities: Self and Other, which will introduce key theoretical issues. You will then choose to study either Body Maps or European Others, plus one further option drawn from:

Performing Genders,
Postmodern Detectives,
Independent Project,
You will also take a research management unit to support the research for your dissertation. For the dissertation you will pursue in depth an approved topic of your choice.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

You will experience a blend of seminar-based teaching and tutorial project support. Seminars will take place one day a week, generally in two two-hour sessions. Tutorials are arranged by mutual convenience and support can also be given by email.

You will be given comprehensive materials for the seminars, including prepared readings necessary for participation in discussions. As with any course of study, the MA Literature, Culture and Identity will require a significant commitment of time outside formal teaching hours - especially if taken full-time - for reading, preparation and assessment, but you will have plenty of support and guidance to help you meet your goals.

How are you assessed?

For the unit Humanities Research Skills, you will be expected to produce two or three short pieces of work. For each of the remaining taught units, you will give a short presentation and produce a 5,000-word essay.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8299