Taught course

English (Contemporary Literature)

University of Northampton · School of the Arts

Entry requirements

Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree in an appropriate subject; exceptionally other candidates are considered; applicants whose 1st language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA is made up of modules and a dissertation, amounting to 180 credits. Full-time students will take two 30 credit modules in each of two terms, followed by the dissertation. The modules are set each year by the tutors, and there are no options available.

Part-time students can take the course over two or three years. In both cases, the first year will contain one module in each of two terms, amounting to 60 credits. If you choose to study over two years, the second year will contain one module in each of two terms, plus the dissertation, amounting to 120 credits. If you choose to study over three years, the second year will contain one module in each of two terms, amounting to 60 credits, and the third year will involve the dissertation only, to make up the final 60 credits.

Certain modules will be taught in the evenings (6-9pm) allowing you to take your course entirely outside of normal working hours. Other modules may only be offered during day, which means there may not be module options for part-time study.

Information for international students

The course welcomes applications from international students; students from Chile, China, India, Italy, Pakistan, Palestine, Romania, Poland and Spain have successfully taken the course in recent years.

Fees and funding

Under our new Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme you can apply to act as a mentor to a BA Dissertation student and get £1000 towards your MA fees. For information about the Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme and for further course details contact Sonya Andermahr

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment65
Dissertation35 (18000 words)

Course contact details

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