MA in English Language and Literary Studies

The MA in English Language and Literary Studies is ideal for you if you would like to combine your studies of English Language with the study of literature and literary theory. This MA is taught jointly by the Department of Linguistics and English Language and the Department of English and Creative Writing, allowing a great deal of flexibility to follow your own interests.

The scheme consists of six credit-bearing modules of coursework, of which at least two must be from each department, at least one research methods course and a dissertation  Support for your studies is provided by the non-credit Postgraduate Academic Study Skills module, which runs in terms 1, 2 and 3.

 

Aims

The programme seeks to provide extensive and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of:

  • some of the most central areas of English language study, including particularly its uses and functions in different literary genres and its role in the social world (especially in relation to issues of gender, class and power)
  • some of the main theoretical approaches to the study of English language and of discourse more generally
  • some of the main developments in different periods of English literature
  • some of the main developments in current literary theory
  • the most relevant research methodologies for the investigation of English language and literature.

Structure

The MA in English Language and Literary Studies consists of six credit-bearing modules of coursework, at least one research methods course and a dissertation.  Support for your studies is provided by the non-credit Postgraduate Academic Study Skills module, which runs in terms 1, 2 and 3.

The six credit-bearing modules can be selected out of the choices offered by the Department of Linguistics and English Language and the Department of English and Creative Writing . You will have to include at least two English Language modules and two Literary Studies modules. You will take 3 credit modules in Term 1 and 3 credit modules in Term 2.

The modules choices offered will vary from year to year, for 2014/15 the available modules will be:

English Language modules Literary studies modules

Term 1

Corpus Linguistics

English Grammar

Introduction to Discourse Studies *

Language, Literacies and Digital Communication

Pragmatics

Sociolinguistics

Term 2

Bilingualism

Critical Discourse Analysis *

Learning and Teaching in Digitally Mediated Spaces

Sociophonetics

Stylistics

Term 1

Bodies and Spirits

Contemporary Gothic

Futures for Utopia 

On Location in the Lakes

Posthumanism: Literature after the Human

Romance and Realism

The Byron-Shelley Circle

Term 2

Contemporary British Fiction

Fusions

Politics and Place

Post-Colonial Women’s Writing

Victorian Literature and Other Media

Writing the Nineteenth Century City

 

* You must study Introduction to Discourse Studies in term 1 if you want to take Critical Discourse Analysis in term 2

 

Key Facts

Director of Studies: Julia Gillen

Programme length: full-time (12 months), part-time (24 months)

Audience: This MA is aimed at students interested in interdisciplinary frameworks for the investigation of the interface between English language and English and American literature of various historical periods.

Assessment: Coursework and dissertation

Deadline for applications: 2nd August

Enquiries: Marjorie Wood

Employment prospects: We have recently broadened the scope of this programme so that it equips you for work in teaching and publishing, and also lays the foundation for further studies at PhD level.

Entry Requirements

Academic: Undergraduate upper-second class degree or higher (or equivalent) in relevant specialisms

English language level: (for applicants whose native language is not English)

IELTS: Our official requirement for IELTS is a score of at least 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing elements and 6.0 in the listening and speaking elements.

PET: Pearson Test of English Academic scores of at least 62 overall (with at least 62 in the reading and writing elements and 55 in the listening and speaking elements). Please see Pearson PTE Academic pages for more information.

If applicants have taken any of these exams in the last two years we can accept their test scores; otherwise we ask that they take the exam again. If, however, they have done their undergraduate studies in Britain, the US or another English-medium educational system and have successfully completed their degree within the past two years they may not need to submit a test score.

 

What our Students Say

Gozde Ersoy , 2009-10 (Turkey)

<h3>Gozde  Ersoy , 2009-10  (Turkey) </h3>My programme was called MA in English Language and Contemporary Literary Studies (now MA in English Language and Literary Studies) which was a joint degree by the department of Linguistics and English Language and English and Creative Writing. It has been very rewarding for me because above all it gave me the chance to look at things from different perspectives. Each seminar course was like a new adventure and discovery, professors were giving the course syllabus and reading lists from the first week and posting additional essential readings on LUVLE site days before seminar hours and this was encouraging and showing helpful direction to us for our independent researches. One of the things I enjoyed a lot was the opportunity to receive course modules with other MA programme students; personally I had friends from Language Studies, TESOL, TEFL, Creative Writing, Contemporary Literary Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies programme and we were all sharing the same atmosphere for learning the common areas of interest which obviously provided lively seminar hours to discuss the topics. I enrolled a MA programme in English Language and Literary Studies but with the 'auditing' system which gives a student the chance to receive a module from another programme; I could also build upon my English Language Teaching skills with TESOL and TEFL students.

 

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