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English: Literary London, MA Postgraduate prospectus

This programme offers you the opportunity to study the rich and varied literary imaginings of London. As well as covering London's literary history from the time of Shakespeare to the present day, this exciting programme encompasses cinematic, postcolonial and documentary constructions of, and responses to the city. It appeals to those who wish to...

Overview

Overview

This programme offers you the opportunity to study the rich and varied literary imaginings of London. As well as covering London's literary history from the time of Shakespeare to the present day, this exciting programme encompasses cinematic, postcolonial and documentary constructions of, and responses to the city. It appeals to those who wish to extend their knowledge of literature, explore alternative approaches and perspectives, and broaden their understanding within an interdisciplinary, comparative and international context.

Programme design is structured yet flexible. Courses are taught in weekly seminars that focus on the close study of literary, theoretical and cultural texts. There are also opportunities for site-specific learning through walks as well as museum and gallery visits. You can pursue supporting courses in research methods and theory and produce a final dissertation on a subject of your own choice. You may choose to study relevant courses from the MAs in Creative Writing, Theatre Studies and Media as part of the Literary London Programme.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To introduce you to the rich diversity of literary responses to London and to develop your analytical and critical thinking through a variety of guided assessments
  • To consider the depiction of London's contested and multicultural identity via a range of theoretical and methodological approaches
  • To develop students' research and presentation skills to prepare them for further academic research and the job market
  • To foster a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment in which students are encouraged to bring their own experience, writing and reading to bear on the subject of London's literature.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants typically require:

An undergraduate degree classification of 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline (in exceptional circumstances a 2.2 may be considered)

OR a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area

OR professional experience, research in a professional capacity or publication in journals or presentation at conferences/seminars

OR other qualifications and/or experience that demonstrate that a candidate possesses knowledge and skills commensurate with the standard of a good honours degree.

* Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through an essay portfolio, oral presentations, and a dissertation.

Careers

Graduates from this programme can pursue further academic research, archival or commercial research, or teach journalism or creative writing.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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