Taught course

English Literature: Modern Literary Cultures

University of Hertfordshire · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

We normally require at least an upper second class Honours (or equivalent) degree with a significant element (at least 50%) of Literature. Graduates with an Honours Degree in any discipline who have otherwise demonstrated potential to succeed at postgraduate level in Literature will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is intended to look at the representation of particular cultural issues across a range of texts. You will be asked to consider the representation of a particular topic or concept in a range of texts across time and to ask how these representations respond to each other and to the changing political and social circumstances for the text. You will also be asked to consider how a range of texts from a short historical period respond differently to a shared set of historical circumstances. Modules ask you to engage with the major contemporary theoretical and critical issues in modern literary studies.

For the MA, you take three 30-credit modules, two 15-credit research methods modules, plus a dissertation (equivalent to four 15-credit modules). The Postgraduate Diploma requires three 30-credit modules (plus the research methods modules) and the Postgraduate Certificate requires two 30-credit modules. Assessment of modules is normally by coursework, either two pieces of about 2-3,000 words, or one piece of 4-5,000 words.

The English Literature subject group organises a range of literary activities including visits from influential speakers, a postgraduate research forum and conference, and a number of highly successful international conferences. These include the Open Graves Open Minds conference on the literary undead; Worlds Apart Science Fiction Conference, The Bram Stoker Symposium and the Locations of Austen Conference.

Information for international students

If English is not the 1st language, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent plus attendance of a pre-sessional English language course is required. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,450
International students
Full time: EU £6,450 Non EU £12,100

Please see the funding page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1707 284800