Taught course

Modern Literature (and 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 20th century and contemporary literature with detailed examination of individual writers and texts. You will develop a detailed knowledge of themes and issues in modern 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 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 write a 15,000-word 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.

You will be able to choose whether you graduate with an MA in Modern Literature or an MA in Modern 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 take the creative modules 'Writing Fiction' and 'Poetry Writing and Contemporary Poetry' as your option modules. You will also do the Creative Dissertation instead of the usual critical academic dissertation.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment55
Dissertation45 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)116 252 2620