Taught course

English Literary Studies (Twentieth Century and Contemporary)

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English literature or a cognate discipline

Months of entry


Course content

The programme comprises a wide range of topics and approaches, enabling students to practise textual, cultural and theoretical modes of analysis important to advanced research in English and the humanities in general. The dissertation allows you to focus on a single topic. This pathway explores the complex cultural histories of recent literatures in English, including modernist writing; contemporary writing; gender and sexuality; literature’s relationship to other discourses (law, science, race); national, minority, dissident and diasporic writing; and postcolonial literatures. We offer advanced training in close textual study, history and theory.

Core modules: Adventures in Literary Research; Approaches to the Long Twentieth Century.

Optional modules: Modernisms and Modernities; Literature and Race; Poetry and the City; Literature and Law; Sweatshops, Sex Workers, and Asylum Seekers: World Literature after Globalisation; Special Project: Text, Context, Intertext; Special Project: Text, Culture, Theory; other relevant MA English or History modules; another Humanities or Winchester School of Art MA module.

Plus dissertation

Information for international students

Please see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062