University of Sussex

University of Sussex

English: Literature, Culture and Theory

This course reflects the diverse and wide-ranging research and teaching interests of the School of English. The course design allows you either to focus your study on a specific period or concept of literature, or to engage broadly with writing and cultural and theoretical ideas across a wide historic range. You can combine specialist study in literature written before 1900, contemporary theoretical inquiry, and interdisciplinary investigations into literature and visual culture or literature and history according to your particular interests. Core modules engage with current theoretical ideas and conceptual methods that underpin research in literature and help equip you for further study and research inside and outside academia.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in a subject relevant to the Master's degree.

Course modules

Autumn term: You combine methodological and theoretical investigations into literature in a core module with one specialist option. Spring term: 2 options allowing you either to focus more intently on a specific period, interdisciplinary or theoretical topic, or choose more broadly from modules that may include: Voices in the archives: Writing from history; image and text 1780-1880; the Renaissance body; versions of realism: Art, film, literature, theory; the history of domesticity: Literature, public and private 1700-1800; new configurations in critical theory; spectacular imaginings: Renaissance drama and the stage 1580-1640 (with the Globe Theatre, London); culture and intellect in the 19th century; race and colonialism in early modern English literature. Summer term: Supervised work on the MA dissertation.

Assessment methods

You are assessed by 2 exercises of 3,000 words for the core module, 3 5,000-word term papers in the option modules and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 12,300 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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