Taught course

Contemporary Literature

York St John University · School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first degree in the subject or an equivalent area at 2:2 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in Contemporary Literature encourages you to discover some exciting new authors, as well as exploring new approaches to contemporary writing and theory.

Our MA course allows students to explore new approaches to contemporary literature and examine the innovations, diversity and practice of writing now. You will have the chance to read a range of work (including novels, poetry, drama, memoir, and creative non-fiction) from contemporary writers, and you will be encouraged to consider the relationship between contemporary writing and current theory.

York is a fantastic place to be if you love books and reading. Each year, the city celebrates its literary heritage with the York Literature Festival, for which our programme organises several events. In recent years, our students have had the chance to attend talks and readings by Margaret Atwood, Germaine Greer, Will Self, Carol Ann Duffy, Mark Gatiss, Ian McMillan, and Michel Faber. As part of your MA, you will have the opportunity to attend free workshops, writing sessions and readings as part of your degree experience.

Information for international students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie same entry criteria as above). If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (in all areas of the test) or equivalent.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa & Immigration webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.

You can also look at our Postgraduate funding webpages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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