School of Humanities and Performing Arts

MA English and Culture

Do you want to define your own path in literary and cultural studies? Take the opportunity to further your understanding of Modernity or eighteenth-century studies, or pursue your own interests and passions, with our MA English and Culture. On this diverse and challenging degree you’ll gain advanced research skills, which you’ll apply throughout your studies and beyond. Learn more about an existing area of interest, or discover something new on our highly adaptable and varied MA.

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Key features

  • Develop your research interests in the eighteenth century or Modernity studies, or carve your own path with a general MA spanning different periods.
  • Define your own programme with modules which rotate yearly, giving you a fresh choice each year.
  • Benefit from small tutorial groups across all modules, providing you with invaluable face-to-face contact with your tutors.
  • Choose from modules closely integrated with staff research interests,  whilst being able to pursue your own ideas.
  • Hone your skills with a compulsory initial module which shows you how to carry out postgraduate research.
  • Benefit from adaptable study routes, allowing you to find a means of studying which fits around your other commitments.
  • Access resources at any time with the University library, open 24 hours, 365 days a year, offering a vast range of electronic and print materials, including a rare books collection. 
  • Engage closely with unique local resources such as the nationally designated eighteenth-century Cottonian Collection, or the University’s own rare books collection stocked with 19th century and 20th century periodicals.
  • Build on your experience - some of our students have been involved in curating exhibitions and organising conferences.
  • Make the most of a rich cultural environment with Plymouth University’s Peninsula Arts programme and the University’s links with local arts organisations, like the Theatre Royal.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • In your first term you’ll take our compulsory research methods module. In addition, you’ll take a further three modules from those listed below – the combination depends on the award you wish to achieve at the end of the MA. The spring term and summer period will see you take the dissertation module in a subject of your choice, involving one-on-one supervision and support. This will be a chance to work independently on a project which interests and excites you. On a part-time route, you can complete the programme over either two or three years. After completing research methods in the first term, you’ll usually study one module per term for two years (although other arrangements are possible). This works out at three contact hours per week, plus independent reading and study of around 20 hours per week. You’ll then do your dissertation in the spring and summer of the second year, finishing the MA in two years, or defer the dissertation to the following year and complete in three years.
    Core modules
    • MAEL708 Poetry and the Modern Self

      Focusing on lyric and the short poem from the 18th century, the module traces the changes to important concepts in philosophical and cultural ideas of the self, and assesses how they impacted on poetic content and practice over time until the present day.

    • MALT712 Fictions of femininity in eighteenth-century England

      This module explores imaginations of women in literary and visual culture during the making of the modern world, engaging with contexts from emergent global capitalism and social mobility through the first articulations of feminism. Incorporating material by turns complex, comic, and cynical, the course also draws on local connections in the Cottonian Collection and other archival resources.

    • MAEL700 Research Methods and Debates in Literary and Cultural Studies

      This module will provide research skills including library and IT skills, the use of databases, archival research and the structuring, managing, and presentation of a project. It will explore current areas of debate within literary studies in English, including the nature of cross-disciplinary research, and may include breakaway session's specific to the exit awards.

    • ENMA706 The Legacy of War: Fiction of the 1920's and 1930's

      This module explores the literary developments of the 1920s and 1930s, with a primary focus on fiction. It examines the way in which society recovered from the First World War and the political and cultural upheavals that followed, and how these influenced the production of new literatures.

    Optional modules
    • MALT760 MA English and Culture Dissertation (Art, Architecture and Literature in the Eighteenth Century)

      This module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a supervised, self-directed, rigorous research project (normally about 15-20,000 words in length), on any topic of their choice related to eighteenth-century studies, independent of previous modules. It makes use of the IT, library, and other research and scholarly skills learnt and developed in other modules.

    • MAEL740 MA English and Culture Dissertation

      The dissertation module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a supervised, self-directed, research project (about 15-20,000 words in length), on any topic of their choice, independent of the modules they have studied. It will make use of the IT, library, and other research and scholarly skills learnt on MAEL500 and developed through subsequent modules.

    • ENMA720 MA English and Culture Dissertation (Literature and Modernity, 1860 - 1960)

      This module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a supervised, self-directed, rigorous research project (normally about 15-20,000 words in length), on any topic of their choice related to Modernity studies, independent of previous modules. It makes use of the IT, library, and other advanced research and scholarly skills learnt and developed in other modules.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MA English and Culture 4480

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

To apply for this programme you should normally possess one of the following:
  • a first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours (in a humanities subject or related field) or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard
  • an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field.
Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 7.

For academic queries please the course leader, Bonnie Latimer

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £6,500 To be confirmed
International £13,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £350 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Graduate School are available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Graduate School:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: graduateschool@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Leanne Tough - MA English and Culture graduate

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