Taught course

English Studies (Contemporary Literature and Culture)

The University of Manchester · English and American Studies

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent, in English or a closely related area.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Contemporary Literature and Culture is an exciting new postgraduate programme, based at the prestigious Centre for New Writing.

Students on the MA will be able to take full advantage of the Centre's resources, expertise and impressive events programme. They will have access to prominent writers both on the staff and appearing at the Centre's Literature Live and Martis Amis public events, with recent visitors including John Banville, Will Self, Rose Tremain, Galway Kinnell and Michele Roberts. They will also be encouraged to mix with the Centre's MA Creative Writing cohort, allowing a unique and productive dialogue between the creative and the critical.

Students on the MA will be taught by experts in contemporary literature and culture across the English and American Studies subject area, including M.J. Hyland, Geoff Ryman, Vona Groarke and Kaye Mitchell, and will also be eligible to attend Professor of Creative Writing Martin Amis's exclusive master classes.

Example modules include: Contemporary Fiction, The American Body and Queer Cinema.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL test. On the IELTS test, applicants are normally expected to score a minimum of 7.0 overall; on the TOEFL test, a minimum score of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test) is expected.

Fees and funding

Candidates applying for AHRC funding through the University of Manchester will be considered for these awards, the deadline for which is usually 1st March. Further information is available from the Postgraduate Admissions Administrator or the University website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
00 44 (0)161 275 0322