University of York

University of York

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture

This course enables students to develop an understanding of: the engagement of modern writing with a range of cultural issues; the cultural meanings and associations of important developments in literary technique in the 20th-century; the development of 'modernity' in association with particular genres and writers; some of the ways in which modern historical and technological development affected notions of writing the importance of political movements such as feminism and the formation of gay identities to modern writing.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained upper 2nd Class Honours, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Core module includes: reading modernity. Available option modules may include: American Fiction Since 1970; Four Nations of British Poetry: 1848-1939; Henry James; Modern Arabic Literature; Narrative, Fiction, Theory; The Politics of Modernism; Postcolonial Studies; Samuel Beckett's Drama and Beyond; South African Literatures; Strangers to Ourselves: Dickens and Collins; Writing the Body. Option modules will vary from year.

Assessment methods

Four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each. A 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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