Our postgraduate programmes include pathways to match your interests in Contemporary Literature. You can explore responses to the literature of our time and engage with a range of current critical approaches.
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- Full-time & Part-time options available
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.
This programme provides you with the opportunity to gain a higher degree through a combination of taught modules, independent study, writing and research. The MA in Contemporary Literature will focus on a wide variety of recent literature and on current developments in theory and critical practice.
The degree normally consists of four taught modules and a dissertation. All modules are normally assessed by essay or presentation.
How will I study?
Study is normally part-time over two years, but there is also provision for full-time study over one year. A range of teaching methods are used including seminars, lectures and occasional day schools. You will be encouraged wherever possible to practise independent learning strategies.
Modules on the MA programme are normally taught in the evening between 6.30pm - 8.30pm on a weekly basis over a ten-week term. Full-time students take two taught classes in Term 1 and one taught class plus dissertation supervision in terms 2 and 3. Part-time students take one taught module per term (terms 1,2,3) in their first year of study; in their second year of study they take one taught module in term 4 and dissertation supervision in terms 5 and 6.
Advanced level undergraduate modules taken as part of the Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma, are normally taught during the day.
This flexible programme is designed to allow you to combine study with full or part-time employment.
The cost of the programme is phased as you will normally pay in four instalments each year (full-time students) or module by module (part-time students). You can also pay in full should you so wish. Fees are very competitively priced. Please contact us for up-to-date information on fees.
Critical perspectives on Contemporary Literature - A foundational module which provides opportunities for critical reflection upon recent developments in literary, and fosters research and writing skills. You will engage with a range of theoretical debates in contemporary literary study.
British Literature: The State of the Art - Investigates current trends in British fiction, poetry and drama. You will read a range of new and established writers and assess the dominant issues in contemporary British literary culture.
Contemporary American Writing - Reading American writing and culture from Vietnam to Virtual Reality. Debates the impact and importance of American writing in the late 20th century and the present day.
Post-Colonial Literatures - Considers the diversity of new writings in English and theories of the post-colonial condition. You will read recent writing in English from the Caribbean, Africa, India, Canada or Australasia and consider the historical, cultural and political issues that arise from post-colonial texts.
Applicants should have a first degree in the subject or an equivalent area at 2:2 or above.
International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie 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.
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.
UK & EU 2016 / 17
Overseas 2016 / 17
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