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English: Literary London, MA

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Full time | University of Greenwich (Greenwich Campus) | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language

Course type


Course Summary

This English MA offers the opportunity to engage with the rich and complicated literary imaginings of London through the years - from Shakespeare to the Victorians and onwards, to cinematic, postcolonial and documentary constructions of the city. The structure is designed to be flexible, with courses taught in weekly seminars focusing on literary, theoretical and cultural texts. Broaden your knowledge of literature and your understanding of London's role in the world while exploring alternative approaches and perspectives, all within an interdisciplinary, comparative and international context.

A postgraduate degree in this field will allow you to enter a wide variety of fields of work and opens the door to embarking on a research degree. A number of our graduates have gone on to complete PhDs. Others have found work in teaching, journalism, marketing and PR, arts administration, local and central government, charity work, and many other areas. (This course is not a teacher training course. Anyone wishing to become a teacher will need to undertake/complete the necessary specific training to qualify as a teacher.)


The module aims to introduce students to a range of early modern texts and genres, including city comedies, comedies of manners, essays, journalism and prose fiction. It considers the myriad, often contradictory, ways in which early modern poets, writers and dramatists responded to and portrayed the city. In so doing, it charts key moments in the development of the literature, theatre and culture of London. The module also offers theoretical and critical perspectives on the key debates and approaches to the literature of London and identifies important on-going and developing themes associated with the metropolis: crime, criminality and contagion; sex, disease and prostitution; finance and trade; consumerism and its discontents; and religious and political debate.

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Entry requirements

You should have a UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above (or an equivalent qualification (both level and grade) from a recognised non-UK university) in a relevant discipline. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider a 2.2.

Department profile

At the University of Greenwich, we’re proud that our students have ranked us in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022 as the top university in the UK for postgraduate study. You'll learn from expert teaching staff with close connections to industry and prepare yourself for global opportunities. Whether you’re considering a taught Master’s degree or postgraduate research study, we offer a great place to study. Our strength is in our faculty’s...more