English: Issues in Modern Culture MA
This MA programme introduces students to major works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, French and American writers and provides a context for those works in philosophical and technological developments of the period. The programme explores a wide range of genres and authors and encourages the development of independent research skills.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 March 2014
- Scholarship applicants: 1 February 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The core course develops a close reading of works by writers of the period, while the optional courses offer the opportunity to analyse some of the technologies, media, philosophical perspectives and art-forms whose development during the twentieth century has made itself felt in modernist and postmodernist writing.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL English Department has an outstanding record for research; many staff publish in mainstream as well as academic media: some are regular reviewers for newspapers and periodicals.
Excellent facilities are provided by UCL's library. It has several important holdings including the James Joyce Collection and the George Orwell Archive.
Our graduate students have access to an incomparable range of archives and libraries, including Senate House Library and the British Library, both of which are nearby.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (60 credits), three optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
Each course is taught through a weekly seminar. Assessment is through take-home written examination, essays and the research dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
The English Department has an allocation of AHRC studentships. Only candidates who have already been offered a place on the programme will be considered.
If you wish to be considered for AHRC funding please indicate this on your application form.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will normally be required.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Applications should be made by 1 March 2014, or by 1 February 2014 for candidates who are also seeking funding through the Arts & Humanities Research Council and those seeking UCL funding.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in English, although applicants holding a degree in another subject will be considered. The programme gives students a thorough grounding in the skills needed for independent research, and is an ideal foundation for further academic study in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study English: Issues in Modern Culture at graduate level
- why you want to study English: Issues in Modern Culture at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The programme is an ideal preliminary stage to doctoral research and candidates who obtain the MA and have found a promising subject requiring further study are encouraged to apply to the UCL MPhil/PhD programme.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Oxford Journals, Publications Assistant, 2011
- King's Fund, Assistant Programme Manager, 2009
- College of Technology, Lecturer, 2009
- Oxford University Press, Administrative Assistant - Literature, 2009
Mr James Phillips
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