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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Literature

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Course Summary

Why choose this course?

This distinctive English Literature MA course focuses on dissident writing and transgressive texts, from the early modern period to the present, and from contexts around the globe.

Engaging with recent developments in theoretical and critical practice, the course will develop your knowledge and understanding of English literature and will sharpen your skills of literary research, writing and analysis.

Course assessment is flexible and innovative, ranging from traditional essays and dissertations to blogs and multimedia presentations.

Capitalising on our London location, several modules are complemented by optional field trips to enhance and support your learning experience.

What you will study

The English Literature MA is a rigorous, challenging and fascinating course which enables you to study diverse literary texts and engage with cutting-edge theoretical and critical approaches.

You will complete 180 credits in total, which will include the 30-credit compulsory module Transgression and Dissidence, three optional 30-credit modules and the final 60-credit dissertation module.

After you graduate

This English Literature course is designed for students who have a personal or a professional interest in literature. It is particularly suited for those wishing to enhance their careers in areas such as:

publishing, library, and museum services;
the arts in general;
the creative industries; or
any other context where a knowledge of literature and skills in critical analysis are of importance.


The birth of modern literature is bloody, ill-tempered and violent in the flights of its newfound poetic imagination. Terror and sensation define the novel and degeneration underpins imperial encounters with modes of otherness it can neither conquer nor avoid. Modern challenges to conventions of form also spill over and disturb the bounds of experience, consciousness and good taste amid changing social mechanisms; later provocations ? obscene and disturbing in terms of theme and content ? assume a role in the vanguard of social and political liberations of consciousness, sexuality, and nation: democratic contestations and freedoms are found and founder in apparently darker literary impulses.

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Entry requirements

We normally expect applicants to have a 2:2 or above honours degree in English literature or a related subject. We will consider non-standard entrants on an individual basis. You must also submit a 3,000-word piece of critical writing on a literary topic or work, and a personal statement (1,000 words).

University information

Located in South-West London, Kingston University offers a high-quality portfolio of taught postgraduate and research degree courses in a buzzing, student-friendly, riverside town. Students at Kingston are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace and are provided with a huge variety of learning opportunities, state-of-the-art resources and facilities and support services. Postgraduate study spans four academic...more

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