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MA Literary Studies: Pathway in Critical Theory

Goldsmiths, University of London

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This pathway of our MA Literary Studies degree gives you the chance to study critical literary and cultural theory.

Why study the MA Literary Studies: Critical Theory pathway?

  • You will look at a range of theoretical issues in literary and cultural theory in both its historical and contemporary modalities. This begins with Aristotle, Luther, Kant and Nietzsche and includes thinkers like Freud, Heidegger, Blanchot, Derrida, Benjamin and Adorno. You'll also look at structuralism, gender, and postcolonial theory.
  • The main focus will be on the relationship of theory to literary and cultural criticism but you will also be able to concentrate on theoretical concepts in their own right.
  • You also have the opportunity to pursue your wider interests thanks to the flexible structure of the MA by studying three options from the large provision of the department, choosing at least one of these in an area that is relevant to literary and critical theory.
  • You will be able to take advantage of the unique resources available in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, which is home (together with Sociology) to the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought (cpct.uk), which runs an annual research seminar, and hosts numerous public lectures, workshops, and conferences throughout the year.
  • You will be able to further develop your interest in literary theory or literary-theoretical approaches to literature and culture through a 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted at the end of your programme of study.

Skills

You will develop transferable skills, including:

  • enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts
  • the ability to analyse and evaluate different textual materials
  • the ability to organise information; the ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments

Careers

Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • publishing
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • the civil service
  • business
  • industry
  • the media

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

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

University information

Goldsmiths, University of London

  • University League Table

    68th

  • Campus address

    Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, Lewisham, SE14 6NW, England

Based in London, students can enjoy studying on a friendly, single-site campus.
Learn to see the world differently. Goldsmiths takes a fresh and creative approach to traditional subjects.
Learn in a welcoming and inclusive community, with students from over 140 countries.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    89th out of 106 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    115 56%

    54th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    46 46%

    101st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%

    96th

    9

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