Modern and Contemporary Literature (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in September


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two evenings a week full-time or one evening a week part-time, October to September

Other entry years for this course


This Master's degree in modern and contemporary literature begins with an investigation of literary and theoretical conceptions of modernity in early 20th-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 20th century is reflected in the choice of texts from British, American and post-colonial contexts.

This exciting MA programme has been running successfully for over 30 years, with staff committed to constantly changing and updating the course to reflect changes in literary culture.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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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 20th-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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