Taught course

English Literature (Modern and Contemporary pathway)

University of Leeds · School of English

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in English or in a closely related subject. Applicants whose first language is not English must fulfil our language requirements of a minimum of 6.5 in IELTS with no grade below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

The Modern and Contemporary pathway of the MA in English Literature engages students with a detailed emphasis on texts and writers as well as enabling them to engage with the broader cultural, critical, conceptual and political issues that have defined ways of thinking, being and writing in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Its range encompasses major canonical writers and reflects the internationally recognised research interests of members of teaching staff. In its current organisation, the pathway offers both issue-based and period-based approaches to the Modern-Contemporary period and also routinely offers the opportunity to study major writers in depth (for example Joyce, Lawrence, Greene). It embraces canonical as well as popular literature and film adaptation, and engages with some of the defining and urgent cultural issues and legacies of the modern and contemporary periods, including psychoanalysis, post-war writing, postcolonial literatures, mass and popular culture and eco-criticism and the environment.

This distinctive pathway allows students to develop an existing enthusiasm for Modern and Contemporary Literature and to explore further those areas of the subject which may not have figured significantly in their undergraduate programme. It affords an excellent platform for work at doctoral level.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to relevant course website.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)113 343 4738