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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Brunel University London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time.

Studying the English Literature MA at Brunel gives you the opportunity to uncover the richness of the history of English Literature – through selected periods, genres and diverse storytellers – through a set of underlying themes that act as windows into deeper understanding.

Whether your purpose is to explore a long held interest, build on previous studies or to benefit your career, studying a literature degree at Brunel will keep you close the one of the key literary capitals of the world.

Your journey will commence with an introductory module on ‘Reading, Writing and Research’ to help equip you with the required skills and competencies relevant to literary studies, so you will have the confidence to pursue self-directed study on any given topic.

You will then study four additional modules including ‘Authors’, where you will study one author or a well-recognised group of authors from a list that includes: John Keats and P.B. Shelley; the Brontes; Charles Dickens, or selected modernist authors such as Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield or postmodernist and experimental writers, B.S. Johnson and J.G. Ballard.

‘A British Literary Decade’ will immerse you in the literary and cultural aspects of one nominated decade from a range including the 1850s, 1890s, 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, 1970s or 1980s, crossing into neighbouring disciplines like history and politics along the way.

You will also have the opportunity to cover more contemporary works in ‘Postmillennial Literature’ including texts from a selected field, which includes: Anglophile writing post 9/11; science fiction and fantasy; LGBT writing, or experimental fiction.

Finally, after a series of planning and skills workshops to prepare topic, under the guidance of a nominated supervisor, you will undertake critical reading towards a 15,000 word dissertation on an agreed area of English post-1789 literature.

Course content

The English Literature MA will provide you with a deeper understanding of English literature’s rich past, as you develop key investigative research skills relevant to literary studies. You will study five compulsory modules, four of which will cover a range of texts and the fifth will be in preparation your dissertation.

Careers and your future

An English master’s will equip you with a set of enviable skills which are vital for careers in publishing, print and electronic media, the culture industries and education.

Your skills will also be attractive to employers within sectors where accuracy in the written descriptive word is a central feature, including law, the civil service, advertising, marketing, financial services and business.

Above all, an MA in English Literature will benefit your own writing, critique and self-expression.

If, at the end of the course, you decide to continue your studies to doctoral level, you will have the essential research skills, and the opportunity, to join a flourishing research culture at Brunel.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,355per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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Brunel University London

  • University League Table

    84th

  • Campus address

    Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, UB8 3PH, England

All new international students have guaranteed campus accommodation.
Pre-sessional English courses provide students with intensive English language training before the start of their academic studies.
Brunel offers more than 100 scholarships every year to help international students pay their fees and living costs.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    77th out of 106 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    98 48%

    91st

    24
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    61 61%

    72nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%

    87th

    5

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