Taught course

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Institution
Anglia Ruskin University · School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

Months of entry

May

Course content

Combine the literary theory of science fiction and fantasy with the study of their language and rhetoric, their various forms and subgenres and their place in the publishing industry on this interdisciplinary Masters course.

  • Become an expert in one of the fastest growing areas of popular culture
  • Gain a unique qualification with the only MA of its kind in England
  • Explore a variety of fields including literature, film and television, linguistics and creative writing
  • Our flexible blended learning allows you to study online with intensive on-campus study in Cambridge in September

The study of science fiction and fantasy is over 75 years old and for much of that time has been the domain of English literature specialists. Over the past twenty years, however, strong work has emerged from specialists in film, television, art, publishing and linguistics.

Our MA Science Fiction and Fantasy will introduce you to contemporary work in these genres across a range of media. You’ll benefit from networking and career-building opportunities with professionals in the industry who will give you insight into how materials in these genres are produced and disseminated to their fans.

You will consider science fiction and fantasy as products shaped by interactions between the entertainment industry, reviewers and critics as well as their own fans. By analysing how the boundaries of these genres have been established, policed, challenged and developed, you will learn to apply your own theories to a range of popular works - and produce your own original writing.

All your modules will be delivered through blended learning. Each will begin with a period of guided reading, with your personal studies supported by online forums, discussions, tutorials and other resources on our Learning Management System. You will also attend one week of on-site, intensive teaching for each module. This includes lectures, seminars, workshops, student presentations and student-led discussions. For the rest of your studies, you will receive tutorial support via email or Skype.

At the end of the course, you will undertake a Major Project. This can be a conventional academic project or a creative piece with critical commentary - the choice is yours.

Course Leader: Professor Sarah Annes Brown

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Please note that if you require a visa to study in the UK you will need to obtain a short term study visa in order to complete the residential element. For more information please visit our immigration pages.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,900
International students
£13,500

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    28 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This course starts in May and runs until the following summer (1 year full-time, 28 months part-time). It is delivered by blended learning, meaning much of your study time will be spent online and in preparatory reading, with two intensive weeks of on-campus attendance for full-time students and one intensive week per year for part-time students.

Course contact details

Name
Course enquiries
Email
answers@anglia.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1245 493131