University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought

On this programme we attempt to understand how literature has shaped and been shaped by modern and contemporary culture. It includes modules reflecting on urban experience, war, theory and practice, sexuality, British and American aesthetic production, modernism and postmodernism, the contemporary archive, and globalisation. The range of modules on offer and the international excellence of our faculty, embracing research in British, American and postcolonial identity, make the study of modern and contemporary literature at Sussex uniquely dynamic and exciting. This programme is associated with the Centre for Modernist Studies. The Centre invites distinguished speakers from around the world and hosts regular colloquia in English, American studies, and social and postcolonial studies.

Entry requirements

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

Course modules

Autumn and spring terms: 4 options from a list that may include: American poetry after modernism; contemporary writing; creativity and utopia; gendering the postcolonial; ImagiNation: The great American novel; Marxism and creative writing; modernist and postmodernist fiction in Britain; representing the great depression in literature and culture; the migrant writer: Postcolonialism and creativity. Summer term: Supervised work on the MA dissertation.

Assessment methods

You are assessed by 4 5,000-word term papers and a dissertation of 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678468