Taught course

English Studies: Modern and Contemporary Literature

University of Cambridge · Faculty of English

Entry requirements

At least a high 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or equivalent. Applicants should note, however, that the majority of those accepted onto English Faculty MPhils have a first-class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants will normally be expected to have taken a substantial number of English courses at a university level and to possess a sound background in the literature of the period covered by the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature is a nine-month course that runs from October to June. This exciting MPhil explores the rich array of literature in English from 1830 to the present and encourages students to pay particular attention to the relationship of literary texts and their historical and intellectual contexts.

The course structure is designed to enable flexibility in terms of period and specialism: students can choose to concentrate on nineteenth- or twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature or take a selection of seminars in both. The flexible framework allows students to build a programme of specialised study in line with their own particular research interests. Guidance on developing the course of study will be given by a designated Faculty member who will also act each term as the dissertation supervisor.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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