Taught course

Popular Literature and Culture

Institution
University of Roehampton · Department of Humanities
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Advice on recognition can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners; contact details can be found on the individual programme page. Applicants will be expected to apply and register for the full master's award.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our MA Popular Literature and Culture will allow you to understand the ways in which political, economic, and cultural forces shape, and are in turn shaped by, popular culture. You will learn why particular works of popular culture become popular in any given contextual moment.

This MA is the first in the country to take a period-based, interdisciplinary approach to popular literary and cultural forms. The programme spans a number of diverse disciplines such as English literature, cultural studies, film and television studies, race studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, environmental studies, and philosophy, delving into different time periods and exploring thematic topics within them.

The programme encompasses multiple periods of popular culture – from the medieval and the early modern periods, the Victorian and Edwardian ages, and 20th century and contemporary cultures. You will be taught by staff from across the disciplines, whose expertise lies not only in the form being taught but also the textual culture of that specific period. All of the staff members who will teach you are active researchers in their field and will use that research to inform their teaching, offering you innovative modules that are fresh, exciting, and contemporary.

You will also benefit from specialist masterclasses with authors of popular fiction - such as Anthony Horowitz, one of our Honorary Professors - and you will be welcomed into a thriving and social academic community at Roehampton, home to the International Journal of James Bond Studies and the Popular Literature and Culture Research Centre.

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

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
postgraduate@roehampton.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 8392 3232