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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in English (Modern and Contemporary Literature and Criticism)








Second Cycle

Level 7

3 Semesters

Full-time Evening


This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Course in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Criticism reflects the research strengths of the Department and offers an exciting range of study-units that explores key areas of post-1890 literature and criticism. Lectures and seminars focus on the following areas, among others: modernist poetry, the literature of symbolism and decadence, postcolonialist fiction, politics and canonicity, the aesthetic tradition, philosophy and literature, postmodernist literature, literature after postmodernism, comparative literature and film, the literature of the avant-garde, literary theory and notions of ‘the literary absolute’, semiotics, genre and gender, posthumanism and the new media.

Students following the course become eligible to participate in the International Postgraduate Symposium that is organised by the Department in Spring of every year, and may also have research papers accepted for publication in Countetext, the international and peer-reviewed postgraduate journal. They are also encouraged to attend the ‘Literature and Comparison’ Research Seminar Series and to participate in postgraduate reading groups.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Past students of the Department have gone on to take up employment opportunities both locally and abroad in teaching, journalism, publishing, and consultancy. A significant number have also gone on to doctoral study.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The taught MA programme should prove attractive to those seeking to read for a Master's degree in English within an educational context that allows ample opportunity for close tutoring, small-group teaching, seminar-based debate and the promotion of a lively postgraduate culture.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for, or
(b) the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the same or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 65% in that area, or
(c) a degree from this or from another University which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this bye-law.

Provided that applicants not in possession of an Honours degree admitted under paragraphs (b) and (c) above shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of credits already obtained in that area of study, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2012.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 7 September 2015
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