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

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

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Course title Master of Arts in English (Modern and Contemporary Literature and Criticism)
Course code PMAEMCPDT2
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Ivan Callus
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Modern and Contemporary Literature and Criticism M.A. is a taught programme that delves deep into literary concerns past 1890. It explores modernist poetry, the literature of symbolism and decadence, philosophy and literature, semiotics, literary theory, and gender among other fields. If you’re interested in literature and criticism, this programme is the entry point to a multi-faceted comprehension of this rich academic field. Following this course, you will be eligible to participate in an international symposium, and learn to write research papers eligible for publication in peer-reviewed journals, including the department’s Countertext.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Second Class or better in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,
provided that the Board may consider applicants in possession of the Degree with Third Class Honours only if it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree 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 55% 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) above. This comparability may, in exceptional cases, extend to applicants proposing a research topic which in itself bridges the area of study of the first degree and the one being applied for. In such cases, applicants would be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability, in accordance with procedures established by the Board.

Depending on the nature of the programme, the Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) to join the Course subject to an interview to establish whether they have sufficient proficiency and background to be able to profit from the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
— Write and publish academic works of high-standard involving the field of literature and criticism
— Cultivate a critical understanding of how literature interprets the world and politics
— Learn how to think and write critically on contemporary works of literature
— Discuss complex theories about current topics with fluidity and prevalent academic vocabulary
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.
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.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 10 May 2021

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.