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Contemporary Literature MA

MA Contemporary Literature

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


At York St John we offer a range of opportunities to explore literature at a postgraduate level. Our MA courses emphasise the importance of creative practitioners and are enhanced by regular visits. Visiting writers have included York-born award-winning novelist Kate Atkinson; poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan; novelist and poet Michèle Roberts; novelist Joe Dunthorne; graphic novelist and illustrator Graham Rawle; and award-winning poets Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra. York St John maintains links with the regional literary community through events such as York Literature Festival. Modules are supplemented by visiting industry professionals, agents and publishers.

All our programmes are run at our beautiful city centre campus in York. You can study full or part-time. Our postgraduate programmes offer distinctive and flexible patterns of study which will meet the needs of a wide range of students wishing to extend or develop their interests in literature and writing.

We look forward to welcoming you to York St John soon.


What qualifications do I need?

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


International students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (i.e. the 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 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.


APEL Policy

Where applicants do not meet the stated entry requirements above, it may be possible to take into account evidence of APEL as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements.  For example, significant previous teaching experience, in Literature or another subject, might be considered appropriate evidence of applicants having met the entry requirements.  In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

The University’s APEL policy will be utilised for entry to Levels 3 and M where necessary and appropriate.  The University also has a credit accumulation and transfer scheme (CATS) with approved higher education establishments.


Online application guideHow much does it cost?

The fees are subject to review.

Please visit our tuition fees webpage  for up-to-date information about fees

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni undertaking PG level study

A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course.


How do I apply?

Use the button below to apply for our full-time and part-time programmes.  For help completing the online application, please refer to our guide.


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MA in Contemporary Literature Full-time



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MA in Contemporary Literature Part-time



For further information:

MA Contemporary Literature

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For enquiries about the postgraduate programme in Contemporary Literature please contact:

Dr Liesl King

Head of Programme MA Contemporary Literature

E: l.king@yorksj.ac.uk