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English Literature: Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the Present MSc

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MSc Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the Present - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the Present - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Postgraduate Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3988
Dr Carole Jones (Programme Director)
Address: Graduate School
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Room 1.13, 50 George Square
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This programme examines a range of literary and theoretical contexts, introducing ways that writing and imagination shape and share in cultural and political processes.

Entry requirements

Good honours degree in an appropriate subject. Applicants must supply a sample of written work between 3,000-4,000 words.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: 100 (at least 23 in all sections)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

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Programme description

This programme examines the role of literature in the formation of political and cultural systems under the conditions of 'modernity', and explores recent and contemporary redefinitions of literature, textuality and interpretation. A particular focus is on the relationship of literature and criticism to problems of cultural politics.

Programme structure

Students take two courses per semester, one core and one chosen from a range of options, each consisting of a weekly two-hour seminar. Research skills are taught by a combination of staff presentations and workshops. Students consult individually with supervisors during the early stages of their research project.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this programme will gain:

  • practical knowledge of the range of theoretical and philosophical ideas informing modern and postmodern literary criticism;
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of literary writing in the formation of contemporary culture;
  • a grounding in the research methods of literary studies.
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