Taught course

Literature

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

Months of entry

October

Course content

MA Literature is our flagship course. Two of your five modules are compulsory: The Study of Literature Today acts as an introduction to the study of literature at graduate level and as a focal point for all our students on this course, while Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis offers essential training in the skills and methodology necessary to succeed at this, and higher, levels of graduate research.

Beyond that, our course is characterised by a high degree of choice, with room for you to focus on specialist interests, such as US literature or Shakespeare, or to sample from different areas. You graduate with textual and analytical skills that are relevant to a wide range of future careers.

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies is distinctive in the breadth of our cultural interests, combining expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your studies.

Many of our academic staff are scholars of international reputation including our professors, John Gillies, Richard Gray, Peter Hulme and Marina Warner, who are recognised experts in the fields respectively of Shakespeare, US literature, postcolonial studies, and cultural history. Richard Gray was the first specialist in US literature to be appointed to the British Academy, while Marina Warner is a distinguished novelist who has been appointed to the British Academy. Since 2009, internationally acclaimed poet and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott has worked annually with our students as our Professor of Poetry. In January 2011, he was awarded the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for his latest collection, White Egrets.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0. with 6.5 in writing

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872719