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Whether undertaken for the continued love of literature, or for personal or professional development, studying our MA English Literature will help you gain a more confident critical voice and advanced analytical and research skills.

Stories powerfully shape our experiences and identities in the modern world. Books and films instruct us about how the voices of the past inform the present and the future. They tell us about politics, about gender, sexuality and race, our landscape, environment and the digital. Stories are told about places and people, but also show how modern myths are made. How can we read such stories critically? 

English Literature at Northumbria gives you the key skills to navigate and offer a critique of narrative and storytelling. How is literature politicised? How are classic texts adapted for the contemporary moment? Literature’s continued relevance is everywhere. Our course gives you the skills to understand the importance of literature: who has the authority to influence, and with what motives. Culminating in a major piece of research of your own, you will shape debate and ideas in your chosen field of literary studies, showing mastery of the discipline and an ability to redefine our approach to the stories that shape our world. 

You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars who are at the cutting edge in their field. Our modules draw your ideas and our research specialisms together, allowing you to develop your own ideas within communities of research and new ideas.

The Humanities department is home to many exciting research groups. Within English we have particular strengths in the Early Modern period, the Long Eighteenth Century, Modern and Contemporary, and Gender. The diversity of our expertise means we can support you in pursuing your interests.

This course is an ideal choice for anyone interested in literature and who wants to develop a mastery of the subject as a basis for continuing higher research, or for taking your advanced cultural and intellectual skills into the marketplace. You might you want to develop your employability prospects, or you might be interested in continuing your studies at PhD level, but are still looking for inspiration on exactly where to focus. The MA will also provide you with the professional skills to succeed within teaching, marketing, publishing, museums/archives, public policy, management, among many others.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part-time
3 other options available

Department
Humanities

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

 

 

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in English, or a related discipline.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,350

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000



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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

EL7014 -

Early Modern Echoes: Multimedia Appropriations of Early Modern Drama (Optional,30 Credits)

How and why has English drama from the early modern been appropriated across media since the years of its inception? Why place such emphasis on reinventing literature from this period in new and complex media forms, in ways that engage with notions of race, sexuality, nationhood, gender, and society that can bear little to no relevance to the early modern literary contexts themselves? This module explores western fascination with early modern literary afterlives, in a range of media forms across four centuries of literary history. You will learn about early modern texts and their authors, and the ways in which they have been reincarnated in theatre, film and television, music, political propaganda, and in visual art forms (including graphic novels). The module inevitably focuses on William Shakespeare, but also extends interest to authors such as Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, Thomas Middleton, and Ben Jonson.

More information

EL7021 -

Critical Contexts (Core,30 Credits)

In this module you will learn about some of the key ideas and theories that can help us understand theoretical and conceptual approaches to literary texts. From week to week, readings of primary texts past and present will be informed by selected critical and theoretical work focussed on specific aspects of the material, such as ideological and discursive constructions of gender, race, class, and national identity. This theoretical material will be provided in a Reading Pack of excerpted material, offering a representative sample of a range of thinkers’ work, and motivating further exploration of their ideas. Seminars will allow in-depth discussion of the texts and concepts appropriate to Masters level study.

The module aims to problematise our assumptions about how literary texts are constructed in relation to ideological and discursive practices, and about the relationships between texts, theory and contexts. It enables you to acquire skills necessary to analyse literature at the Masters level, using sophisticated, appropriate, and up-to-date critical and theoretical approaches

More information

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

EL7013 -

Reading the American Man (Optional,30 Credits)

You will learn about how male protagonists have been represented in a range of American fiction from the twentieth century to the present, for example how they have come to symbolise the ‘idea’ of America. You will learn about concepts such as the construction of masculinity, feminist critiques of the masculine as universal symbol of humanity and how these intertwine with the idea of America as a nation in the novels and short stories studied. You will study theoretical and critical articles alongside the texts to inform your critiques of the fiction.

More information

EL7019 -

Research Methods: Traditional and Digital (Core,30 Credits)

On this module you will learn key approaches to English literary research – how to plan and carry out rigorous research using a variety of traditional and more modern tools and approaches. The module’s content will help prepare you for the challenge of completing a successful dissertation by empowering your knowledge of and proficiency with literary research tools.

More information

EL7022 -

MA English Literature Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

This module consists of a 15,000 word dissertation leading to the award of MA in English Literature
The dissertation provides the students with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of research on a topic of their own choosing related to English literature. Students will operate at a higher level of independent learning and research than in the taught modules, albeit with the support of a supervisor who has specialist knowledge in the student’s chosen area of interest. The Dissertation is the final part of the MA, and is the culmination of the programme in terms of length, the degree of specialization in subject, complexity of argument and depth of research.
Work on the dissertation is supported and enhanced by assessments on the other MA modules, particularly the Research Methods module.

During the supervisory sessions students will be encouraged to:

• Tackle problems
• Outline plans
• Submit timely drafts
• Balance research and writing
• Think critically about the specific problems raised by research
• Apply appropriate methodological and theoretical approaches to underpin students’ their research
• Demonstrate acuity in selecting approaches, methods, concepts and theories.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

EL7014 -

Early Modern Echoes: Multimedia Appropriations of Early Modern Drama (Optional,30 Credits)

How and why has English drama from the early modern been appropriated across media since the years of its inception? Why place such emphasis on reinventing literature from this period in new and complex media forms, in ways that engage with notions of race, sexuality, nationhood, gender, and society that can bear little to no relevance to the early modern literary contexts themselves? This module explores western fascination with early modern literary afterlives, in a range of media forms across four centuries of literary history. You will learn about early modern texts and their authors, and the ways in which they have been reincarnated in theatre, film and television, music, political propaganda, and in visual art forms (including graphic novels). The module inevitably focuses on William Shakespeare, but also extends interest to authors such as Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, Thomas Middleton, and Ben Jonson.

More information

EL7021 -

Critical Contexts (Core,30 Credits)

In this module you will learn about some of the key ideas and theories that can help us understand theoretical and conceptual approaches to literary texts. From week to week, readings of primary texts past and present will be informed by selected critical and theoretical work focussed on specific aspects of the material, such as ideological and discursive constructions of gender, race, class, and national identity. This theoretical material will be provided in a Reading Pack of excerpted material, offering a representative sample of a range of thinkers’ work, and motivating further exploration of their ideas. Seminars will allow in-depth discussion of the texts and concepts appropriate to Masters level study.

The module aims to problematise our assumptions about how literary texts are constructed in relation to ideological and discursive practices, and about the relationships between texts, theory and contexts. It enables you to acquire skills necessary to analyse literature at the Masters level, using sophisticated, appropriate, and up-to-date critical and theoretical approaches

More information

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

EL7013 -

Reading the American Man (Optional,30 Credits)

You will learn about how male protagonists have been represented in a range of American fiction from the twentieth century to the present, for example how they have come to symbolise the ‘idea’ of America. You will learn about concepts such as the construction of masculinity, feminist critiques of the masculine as universal symbol of humanity and how these intertwine with the idea of America as a nation in the novels and short stories studied. You will study theoretical and critical articles alongside the texts to inform your critiques of the fiction.

More information

EL7019 -

Research Methods: Traditional and Digital (Core,30 Credits)

On this module you will learn key approaches to English literary research – how to plan and carry out rigorous research using a variety of traditional and more modern tools and approaches. The module’s content will help prepare you for the challenge of completing a successful dissertation by empowering your knowledge of and proficiency with literary research tools.

More information

EL7022 -

MA English Literature Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

This module consists of a 15,000 word dissertation leading to the award of MA in English Literature
The dissertation provides the students with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of research on a topic of their own choosing related to English literature. Students will operate at a higher level of independent learning and research than in the taught modules, albeit with the support of a supervisor who has specialist knowledge in the student’s chosen area of interest. The Dissertation is the final part of the MA, and is the culmination of the programme in terms of length, the degree of specialization in subject, complexity of argument and depth of research.
Work on the dissertation is supported and enhanced by assessments on the other MA modules, particularly the Research Methods module.

During the supervisory sessions students will be encouraged to:

• Tackle problems
• Outline plans
• Submit timely drafts
• Balance research and writing
• Think critically about the specific problems raised by research
• Apply appropriate methodological and theoretical approaches to underpin students’ their research
• Demonstrate acuity in selecting approaches, methods, concepts and theories.

More information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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