Taught course

Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought

University of Sussex · School of English

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a subject relevant to the Masters degree

Months of entry


Course content

On this MA we attempt to understand how literature has shaped and been shaped by modern and contemporary culture. It includes modules reflecting on urban experience, war, theory and practice, sexuality, British and American aesthetic production, modernism and postmodernism, the contemporary archive, and globalisation.

The range of modules on offer and the international excellence of our faculty, embracing research in British, American and postcolonial identity, make the study of modern and contemporary literature at Sussex uniquely dynamic and exciting.

This MA is associated with the Centre for Modernist Studies. The Centre invites distinguished speakers from around the world and hosts regular colloquia in English, American studies, and social and postcolonial studies.


You are assessed by four 5,000-word term papers and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 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 list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn and spring terms: you take four options from a list that may include American Poetry after Modernism • Modernism 1910-1945 • The Novel and History • New Configurations in Critical Theory • ImagiNation: the Great American Novel • Modernist and Contemporary Fiction • International Modernism • Bearing Witness • Voices in the Archive • Critical Issues in Queer Theory.

Summer term: supervised work on the MA dissertation.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/english/modern-and-contemporary-literature-culture-and-thought-ma

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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