Modern and Contemporary Literature (MA)

Year of Entry


Start date

October 2017


    Central London


    Fully Approved


      2 years part-time or 1 year full-time


      1 evening a week part-time or 2 evenings a week full-time, October to September

      This Master's degree in modern and contemporary literature begins with an investigation of literary and theoretical conceptions of modernity in early twentieth-century literature, focusing on topics such as urbanisation, technology, mass culture, individualism and subjectivity.

      You will also have the chance to analyse the historical transformations of literature and cultural thought from 1945, using the contexts of post-war reconstruction, decolonisation, the fate of avant-garde art, and theories of postmodernity and globalisation.

      The emergence of international literary paradigms during the twentieth century is reflected in the choice of texts from British, American and post-colonial contexts.

      To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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      Why study this course at Birkbeck?

      • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
      • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
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      Course structure

      You take two core modules and choose two option modules, which vary from year to year.

      You also complete a dissertation on any aspect of twentieth-century and contemporary literature, written from Easter to September in your final year.

      To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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