Study two distinctive genres in this unique and specialist postgraduate course.

The only UK MA programme to integrate the study of both crime fiction and Gothic.

Interdisciplinary and international in its approach to both genres.

Led by tutors with established international reputations in their respective fields.

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The programme is deliberately international and interdisciplinary. You’ll study an imaginative choice of texts from Britain, Europe and the Americas, as well as investigating cutting-edge research and relevant theory.

The MA is particularly suited to individuals who are interested in developing their critical and research skills in preparation for further study. It can also be pursued as an end in itself if you’re interested in investigating crime writing and Gothic at taught postgraduate level.

Overview

You’ll explore the ways crime and Gothic enrich each other, focusing on both equally during the taught element of the MA. We’ll give you the opportunity to specialise for your final dissertation if desired.

You’ll be taught the histories of the two genres to ensure you have a good grounding, before moving on to consider contemporary and international examples from both genres.

The programme will help strengthen your skills in comparison and criticism across genres while allowing you to specialise in the genre of your choice.

Course structure

Full time

Trimester one

  • Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination (30 credits)
  • Crime and the Gothic: Pasts and Presents (30 credits)

Trimester two

  • International Crime and Gothic (30 credits)
  • Crime Stories: From Page to Screen (30 credits)

Trimester three

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Part-time

Year one

Trimester one

  • Crime and the Gothic: Pasts and Presents (30 credits)

Trimester two

  • Crime Stories: From Page to Screen (30 credits)

Trimester three

  • Dissertation (30 credits)

Year two

Trimester one

  • Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination (30 credits)

Trimester two

  • International Crime and Gothic (30 credits)

Trimester three

  • Dissertation (30 credits)

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules.

  • Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination
  • Crime and the Gothic: Pasts and Presents
  • International Crime and Gothic
  • Crime Stories: From Page to Screen
  • Dissertation

How will I be assessed?

Modules are formally assessed primarily by essay, with the exception of the Research Methods module, which includes a bibliographical element.

Informal assessment may take the form of diagnostic essays, presentations and other exercises designed to enhance your research and presentation skills. The Dissertation module includes an assessed research proposal. There are no examinations.

How will I be taught?

This is a deliberately integrated programme of study; you’ll often work with crime fictions and Gothic texts within the same module. This will develop cross-disciplinary and cross-generic awareness, while still allowing you to specialise in the subjects that interest you most.

Teaching will take place in relatively small seminar groups, and will involve a variety of activities, including tutor-led discussion, small-group activities, individual and group presentations, consideration of non-literary texts, documents and artefacts, and possibly optional field trips to relevant exhibitions, screenings or lectures.

Opportunities

Field trips

Optional field trips may be organised in association with exhibitions, film screenings, and other events relevant to the programme.

Work placements, industry links and internships

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions has close links to two central scholarly bodies, which encourage research across and between the two genres:

  • Captivating Criminality Network
  • International Gothic Association

Placement opportunities may be available during the annual Captivating Criminality Conference, held at Corsham Court, and at International Gothic Association symposia in the UK.

You’ll have the opportunity to join the academic networks associated with your research interests, and these may facilitate further personal development opportunities. For example, you may have the opportunity to act as a student representative, guest-blog or review.

Faculty delivering the programme will make you aware of relevant external links and networks, relating to your work.

Careers

Career opportunities for graduates with an MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions include:

  • Working in cultural research and education
  • Academic and fictional publishing
  • Genre-related film, TV, and other media
  • Literary journalism
  • Dark tourism and the Gothic heritage industry.

Graduate conferences

We encourage students to present papers at graduate conferences and similar symposia and to bid for student funding in connection with this activity from scholarly bodies such as the International Gothic Association.

Cost & Fees

  • UK/EU students full time - 2019/20 entry £7,195
  • International students full time - 2019/20 entry £13,300
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part-time
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Price
13,300 GBP
UK/EU Full Time: £7,195 | International Full Time: £13,300
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