MA English: Modern and Contemporary Literature

University of Liverpool

Program Description

MA English: Modern and Contemporary Literature

University of Liverpool

MA English: Modern and Contemporary Literature

Modules offered on the Modern and Contemporary Literature pathway draw on the expertise of a cluster of academic staff whose research focuses on modernism, postmodernism, postcolonialism, and contemporary poetry. Your studies will be shaped and informed by some of the leading researchers in the literature and culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries who will teach you in small group tutorials which aim to develop your own interests in the field. Regular visits by a range of international writers and poets will enhance your study and you will have the opportunity to participate in an annual masterclass taught by a critically acclaimed contemporary writer or thinker.

The University boasts a range of unique resources to support your research, including Europe’s largest collection of Science Fiction material. The city of Liverpool, with its host of world-class institutions and venues, including the Everyman Theatre, the International Slavery Museum, and Tate Liverpool, provide endless opportunities to explore and reflect on modern and contemporary culture.

Students opting for the Modern and Contemporary Literature pathway are required to take at least 60 credits from the specialist modules listed overleaf in addition to the core modules (Research Skills, Dissertation Project, Dissertation). The remaining 30 elective credits can be taken in any other pathway run by the School of English or across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Key Facts

English in the world

We play a major role in the cultural life of the city and our students get to work with local organisations and communities through reading groups and placements, partly via our links with The Reader Organisation.

In 2010-11 the School of English launched a collaborative project with the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. This gives our students valuable opportunities to gain practical experience, whilst providing the theatres with academic expertise.

Why English?

Excellent research and teaching

The School of English has an outstanding international reputation for postgraduate teaching and research.

By pursuing your programme with us you'll benefit from strong research-led teaching across a wide syllabus. This will equip you with critical thinking and communication skills that are highly applicable to modern life.

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise two-thirds of our research activity was in the highest classes of "world leading" or "internationally excellent", with the remainder being classified as "internationally regarded".

More significantly still, 100% of respondents to our 2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey agreed our courses 'met or exceeded expectations'.

Strong postgraduate community

You'll be part of a vibrant community of over 150 taught and research postgraduate students from all over the world.

There'll be regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers, our staff and students, as well as conferences organised by our students that feature participants and speakers from home and abroad.

Recent events have included 'Current Research in Speculative Fiction' (June 2011), and ‘Crossing the Lines: Affinities Before and After 1900’ (January 2010), which attracted AHRC funding.

If you're a doctoral student you can participate in the optional English Graduate Teaching Programme , which will allow you to get the best of the teaching opportunities available, without making significant demands on your time.


Fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation.

Tuition fees (Home/EU)

The University's tuition fees are normally fixed at yearly intervals and follow Government guidelines on minimum levels. As a guide only, the normal tuition fees for full-time Home/EU postgraduate students will be as follows:

Fee for this course: £5,300

International students

International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. The University of Liverpool's fees represent excellent value for money for a Russell Group University.

International fee for this course: £12,200

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
5,300 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Liverpool, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 5,300 GBP
Home/EU; International fee for this course: £12,200