MA Contemporary Literature and Culture

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Contemporary Literature and Culture

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

MA Contemporary Literature and Culture

How might the study of literature and culture enable us to understand and explain the everyday world we inhabit and the ways in which different social worlds have been invented and sustained across time and cultures? How might it help us both to explore ourselves and the ways in which we see and understand others? How does such an enquiry affect, and quite possibly change, the way we read texts and read the world? These are the kinds of questions at the core of the MA in English Literature, which is an exciting development in English studies at Brunel, offering the opportunity to study a wide range of topics and periods, from the early Modern/Renaissance through to the modern and contemporary.

Brunel’s English Literature Masters course is taught is taught by world-leading specialists, you will take a unique, concept-led compulsory module called Reading Cultures and a compulsory study skills module that will enable you to undertake advanced level study using all the available resources and facilities provided by Brunel and other libraries in the London area.

The programme is designed for those preparing to undertake further research, those wishing to take their general studies in English literature to a further level, and those hoping to enhance their career prospects.


This course aims to introduce students to the advanced study of a wide range of literatures in English, from the early modern to the contemporary period. Students will explore the diversity of literary and cultural production through innovative modules designed to cross disciplinary, historical, and geographical boundaries, thereby offering a wide scope within which students can develop their own interests.

The MA will equip students with a detailed and sophisticated understanding of English and related literatures, and support students’ critical and creative engagement with issues central to and at the cutting edge of English literary studies.

If, following the completion of the postgraduate English MA course, you wish to continue your studies at doctoral level, you will have essential research skills, and the opportunity to join a flourishing research culture at Brunel. Our staff have expertise in a wide range of literatures, and you will benefit by series of talks and events by writers, industry representatives, and scholars, as well as the activities organised by the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, and the School’s research resources including its several archives. Additionally, there are financial benefits offered to alumni of the Brunel MA programmes to help you on your way.

Entry Requirements

The qualifications required for Brunel’s MA in English Literature course include the need for a good honours degree, normally an upper-second class or above, or equivalent. The Programme Convenor will consider all applications including those from international students and individuals with extensive relevant experience.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • TOEFL Paper test: 600 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL Internet test: 100 (R20, L20, S20, W20)
  • Pearson: 66 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT 70% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Fees for 2013/14 entry

UK/EU students: £5,800 full-time; £2,900 part-time

International students: £13,500 full-time; £6,750 part-time

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 2, 2016
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