MA in English Literature: Modern and Contemporary Fictions


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Program Description

Course summary

This course gives you the chance to study English literature in a modern university environment while taking advantage of the wealth of resources offered by London's rich cultural life. You will examine literary texts in the wider context of cultural production and relate them to the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge.

The course team consists of academic specialists who make use of the many nearby museums, galleries and libraries in their teaching. The course will be of particular interest to those wishing to prepare for further study at MPhil or PhD level, and those teaching English who want to gain a further qualification and investigate recent and current developments in the field.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

You will choose four modules from the optional modules listed below:

Core modules
  • Dissertation
  • Themes and Problems in Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Materialities, Institutions and Contexts
Option modules
  • Queer Now
  • Experimental Women’s Writing, Photography and Film
  • London and Modernism: Manifesto, Literature, Painting, Film
  • Trauma in American Modernity: The Nation and its Limits
  • Urban Cultures
  • Work Placements in Cultural Institutions

Entry Requirements

You should have a good Honours degree (usually 2:1 or above, or equivalent) in a relevant subject area.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 7.0 in writing (or equivalent).

Applicants may also be asked to provide an example of previously written work as part of the application. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.


Career path

An MA in English Literature provides students with skills in researching, writing, critical thinking, articulating, synthesizing and conveying ideas, which enable students to pursue a wide range of careers.

Many students who undertake a Masters in English wish to pursue PhD study or careers in the education sector, media, journalism, publishing, and library and information work.

A Masters in English shows the ability to communicate effectively and to a high standard. The ability to articulate and transmit ideas clearly prepares students to enter careers in advertising, marketing and PR.

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In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less