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Full time | Teesside University | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language English Literature

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This innovative course combines cutting-edge 21st-century critical approaches with a range of literary and cultural texts and contexts from the 19th century onwards, enabling you to range widely or to specialise in a particular period.

It enables you to develop your independence as a researcher, skills as a writer, and originality as a critic in a supportive and structured environment.

Key features:

  • This course equips you to think about deeply political questions that have been raised in contemporary theories of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability and class in relation to the literary and cultural texts that interest you.
  • Comprising a variety of learning and assessment models, our MA English furnishes you with the skills necessary for an academic career, and with transferrable skills suited to a range of professional roles.
  • Teesside University's MA English offers a unique blend of structured courses with individual options, allowing you to personalise your degree to your current interests and future career plans.
  • This course develops your academic research skills and unique interests through core modules on research skills and methods, a graduate conference and a dissertation.
  • You are able to develop your theoretical engagement and detailed knowledge of specific subjects with an exciting range of taught specialisms.
  • You will leave your MA English with experience of organising, advertising and participating in an academic conference, along with a portfolio of professional and academic writing.

How you learn

At postgraduate level it is important that you take an active role in structuring your learning experience, and engage with the relevant methods and underpinning theories of the disciplines you encounter.

We recognise that students embark on their study with different levels of skills and awareness of the discipline. This programme incorporates regular tutor contact and provides a firm foundation of research, interpretation and writing skills, as well as introducing a range of theoretical approaches. You can choose your own specialisms and negotiate to be assessed in ways that suit your current interests and future aspirations.

How you are assessed

This programme offers different types of assessment including a portfolio of short pieces, conference paper, dissertation, essays, and negotiated projects that can adopt a wide range of styles and formats, provided they meet the assessment criteria. There are no exams.

Career opportunities

Our MA English equips you with all the skills necessary to pursue an academic career. Your research, writing and interpretation skills developed as part of MA study also enhance your employability in a range of roles and careers in an increasingly competitive graduate marketplace.


This module examines 21st-century critical perspectives on modern and contemporary literature and culture. You study key critical and theoretical texts published since 2000 alongside literary and cultural texts from the 19th century to the present. You develop a sophisticated understanding of contemporary criticism and theory, and its application to modern and contemporary literature and culture. As well as engaging directly with new critical writing you develop a critical and evaluative stance on contemporary theory. You apply your insights to analysing literary and cultural texts from the Victorian period to the present. How has criticism and theory shifted since the turn of the 21st century? And how can these fresh perspectives offer us new ways of understanding modern and contemporary literary and cultural texts?

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Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree of 2.2 or above in English or a cognate discipline. Other relevant experience or equivalent qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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