Taught course

Modern and Contemporary Literature (and optional Creative Writing)

University of Leicester · School of English

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in English literature or its equivalent.

Where appropriate, you may be asked to submit an essay as part of our admissions process. We will contact you if this is the case.

Months of entry


Course content

This course combines an intensive introduction to twentieth century and contemporary literature with detailed examination of individual writers and texts. You will develop a detailed knowledge of themes and issues in modern and contemporary literature as well as valuable research skills. Through seminars and group work you will critically explore literary and cultural theory, while also developing a broad knowledge of modern and contemporary literature and critical theory. You will also gain a strong command of methodologies for understanding and analysing texts and ideas, giving you a solid base from which to begin your dissertation.

You will complete a dissertation with one-to-one support from your supervisor. This will act as an excellent grounding in research if you're thinking of continuing to doctoral level, while also providing evidence of a wide range of transferable skills for those wishing to pursue careers in other areas.

Creative Writing

You will be able to choose whether you graduate with an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature or an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing. The Creative Writing pathway is designed for students who do not necessarily have experience in Creative Writing but are keen to try it. If you choose this route, you will do the Creative Dissertation instead of the usual critical academic dissertation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620