University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture

Through the detailed exploration of a range of topics and texts from the period, the programme aims to enhance students' textual knowledge and promote thinking about the interconnections between modern and contemporary literature and its historical, cultural and theoretical context. Students study both the modern and the contemporary period, focusing on the 1st period in semester 1 and the 2nd in semester 2. In each semester students will take a module that concentrates on the literature of the period, and a module that engages with the period's theoretical, cultural and historical developments.

Entry requirements

A good UK Honours degree, or equivalent. All applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 8.0 or above.

Course modules

MLitt

Compulsory modules: 1. Literary Research: Skills and Resources: trains students in the understanding and use of the essential skills and resources of research in English Studies; it also provides preparation for the MLitt dissertation.
2. Contextualising the Modern: an exploration of the radical literary experiments following the First World War in context of the wider movements in culture and society that informed literary modernism in the first decades of the twentieth century.
3. Reading the Modern: an exploration of influential British, American and French modernists' pursuit to develop modes of representation compatible with a newly urban, industrialised and mass-oriented age.
4. Theorising the Contemporary: an introduction to key literary and cultural theories within the contemporary period via the close study of selected theoretical texts.
5. Contemporary Literature and Culture: exposes students to a range of contemporary authors, poets and playwrights, moving between a detailed focus on highlighted key works and a wider perspective on individual writer's oeuvres.
Optional modules: Students will choose one optional module out of the following three choices:
1. Special Topic in English Studies: a directed reading programme which allows students to explore topics in greater depth than is possible in compulsory modules.
2. a compulsory module from another English MLitt programme (see module catalogue)
3. an approved postgraduate-level module outwith the School of English (arranged independently with another school such as Classics, Modern Languages, Divinity or Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies).
Dissertation: Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

MPhil

Core modules: Contextualising the modern; reading the modern; theorising the contemporary; contemporary literature and culture.

Assessment methods

MLitt: 9 months of coursework and a supervised 15,000-word dissertation. MPhil: 9 months of coursework and a supervised 40,000-word thesis.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,250 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (EU) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (EU) 48 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (England) 48 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 48 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Scotland) 48 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Wales) 48 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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Contact: 
School of English
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01334 462668