Over the last two decades, the study of popular literature in all of its generic forms has been transformed from a niche area of academic interest into one of the most vibrant and rapidly growing areas of critical inquiry within literary studies. Established in 2005, the M.Phil in Popular Literature was the first (and for many years, only) dedicated postgraduate course in this subject area. The M.Phil offers students a unique opportunity to undertake advanced study of popular literature and its immensely important place within the modern culture. It traces the history of popular genres such as horror, science fiction, romance, fantasy and detective fiction, and offers a comprehensive introduction to contemporary theories of the popular. The School of English at Trinity College Dublin has established itself over the past decade as a major international center for the academic study of Popular Literature, and the M.Phil attracts applicants from all over the world. The members of the core teaching team on the M.Phil have all published extensively on specific popular genres and between them, have supervised hundreds of M.Phil and undergraduate dissertations on topics related to popular fiction. The M.Phil. provides an invaluable starting point for those who wish to do a further graduate study, but will also appeal to those wanting to develop their critical skills and knowledge in relation to an important aspect of contemporary culture. To date, more than 200 students have graduated from the M.Phil, most of whom have gone on to careers that are in some way related to their studies with us. In addition, many of our students have gone on to Ph.D. level study and are conducting academic teaching and research of their own. Course Structure The course lasts one year (beginning in mid-September and ending on August 30th) and is available on a full-time basis only. It comprises two main elements: a core course class meeting twice a week for two hours and, secondly, an option course class once a week for two hours - participants will take one per term. Assessment is comprised of coursework completed at the end of each term, and the dissertation undertaken by each student during the summer. Application Dates Please note that applications for the 2018/19 academic year are now open. For further information, please see our dedicated course pages here: https://www.tcd.ie/English/postgraduate/popular-literature/index.php and here: https://tcdmphilpoplit.wordpress.com/ Qualifications: To have a realistic chance of entry, students should have a high 2:1 HONORS DEGREE (or home equivalent). This translates as roughly a 3:3 GPA. Language Requirements Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in this language through one of the well-established international standard tests: Examinations Minimum Level Required IELTS Grade 6.5 TOEFL 230 – computer based 570 – paper-based 88 – internet-based Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Advanced English Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Proficiency in English Pearson Vue English Minimum score of 63 to be Language Test eligible (with no section score below 59) Please note that these are the only forms of English Language Certification that we accept.
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