Taught course

English Literature (Modern and Contemporary pathway)

Institution
University of Leeds · School of English
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in English literature or a related subject.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Explore the literature of the 20th and 21st centuries: a period of enormous social, political and technological changes that continue to influence us today.

This course allows you to explore literature shaped by cultural, critical, conceptual and political shifts that framed some of the most significant events in recent history.

By examining this long and culturally diverse period, you’ll gain new insight into how writers up until the present day have responded to the modern world in all its complexity.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with this period from many perspectives, gaining knowledge in topics as varied as modernism, psychoanalysis, post-war writing, postcolonial literatures, mass and popular culture, and ecocriticism.

You’ll also have opportunities to examine popular literature and film adaptations, and an independent research project will give you additional freedom to explore your personal interests.

Specialist resources

The University of Leeds Library is one of the UK's major academic research libraries. It has extensive holdings to support your studies, including English Literature Collections that have been designated of national and international importance.

Our Special Collections offer a huge range of rare books, manuscripts and art, as well as the archives of poets like Tony Harrison, Geoffrey Hill and Simon Armitage, including literary publications such as Stand and The London Magazine. Other highlights include materials relating to novelists like Arthur Ransome, Angela Thirkell, Melvyn Bragg and Sophie Hannah, and critics like George Wilson-Knight and Bonamy Dobrée.

Information for international students

This course requires an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students. For further information please click here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
pgtenglish@leeds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)113 343 0277