Taught course

English: Literature, Culture and Theory

University of Sussex · School of English

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a subject relevant to the Masters degree

Months of entry


Course content

This MA reflects the diverse and wide-ranging research and teaching interests of the School of English. The MA’s design allows you either to focus your study on a specific period or concept of literature, or to engage broadly with writing and cultural and theoretical ideas across a wide historic range. You can combine specialist study in literature written before 1900, contemporary theoretical inquiry, and interdisciplinary investigations into literature and visual culture or literature and history according to your particular interests.

Core modules engage with current theoretical ideas and conceptual methods that underpin research in literature and help equip you for further study and research inside and outside academia.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you combine methodological and theoretical investigations into literature in a core module with one specialist option.

Spring term: you take two options allowing you either to focus more intently on a specific period, interdisciplinary or theoretical topic, or choose more broadly from modules that may include Voices in the Archives: Writing from History • Image and Text 1780-1880 • The Renaissance Body • Versions of Realism: Art, Film, Literature, Theory • The History of Domesticity: Literature, Public and Private 1700-1800 • New Configurations in Critical Theory • Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage 1580-1640 (with the Globe Theatre, London) • Culture and Intellect in the Nineteenth Century; • Race and Colonialism in
Early Modern English Literature.

Summer term: supervised work on the MA dissertation.


You are assessed by two exercises of 3,000 words for the core module, three 5,000-word term papers in the option modules and and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Information for international students

Please refer to http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/3913/33235#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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