• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

      2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

    • Attendance:

      One evening a week part-time or two evenings a week full-time.

      October to September

    • Location:

        Central London

      Programme overview

      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.

      How to apply

      You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.

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      Application deadlines and interviews

      We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.

      Online application

      Modern and Contemporary Literature (MA) (Part-time)

      Modern and Contemporary Literature (MA) (Full-time)

      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.

      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.

      Core modules

      Indicative option modules

      MA Modern and Contemporary Literature dissertation

      Entry requirements

      Good second-class degree in English or a related subject.

      Non-standard entry qualifications or appropriate training and experience will be considered.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

      Fees

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
      Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

      Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

      Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates go in to careers in writing and journalism, editing, publishing, research, marketing and public relations, and education. Possible professions include newspaper/magazine journalist, editorial assistant, or writer. This degree may also be useful in becoming a secondary school teacher, publisher, public relations officer, or marketing executive.

      Find out more about these professions.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

      Teaching and assessment

      Teaching

      Seminars and lectures

      Assessment

      Two core courses, one essay each; two option modules, one essay each; dissertation of 15,000 words.

      Our research

      Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

      Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

      Read about Birkbeck research that enriches our experience and understanding of our shared history, culture and art.

      Further study opportunities

      If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in English and Humanities.