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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Lampeter Campus

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    01-OCT-21, 01-FEB-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

The Modern Literature (MA) provides a theoretical framework for literary study before focusing on topic and genre-based modules. Our aim is to explore and understand the cultural developments of the past two hundred years and their impact on writing, first within Britain and then registering the increasing input of other Anglophone literatures.

The programme draws on the expertise of staff with specialist interests in Utopian and Dystopian Literature, Children’s Literature, Modernist Literature and Art, Gender; Contemporary Literature, and Narrative and Literary theories.

Course Overview

The part-time distance Modern Literature (MA) moves away from a purely historical and period-based model of literary studies organised around a rump of canonical texts.

Underpinned by instruction in advanced research methods and skills and the comparative study of theoretically informed critical approaches, this MA enables students to develop a nuanced grasp of literature in English and associated aspects of culture in the period from 1790 to the present day.

Modules reflect staff expertise, for example the utopian urge in the literature of the modern period or the cultural and intellectual history, philosophy and theology of medicine, body and soul, particularly anatomy.


The programmes assessment strategy consists of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments aim to use the form of ‘spiral assessment’, encouraging students to revisit and implement standards that have been covered in previous modules. For example, theories introduced in the first theory module are revisited throughout all literature modules while ideas linking literary form to cultural and ideological change reappear in all the modules.

Within individual modules topics may be developed over the entire unit with linked assessments enabling feedback from the earlier tasks to inform later ones. The use of online discussion fora ensures professional self-reflexivity is embedded in all modules; it may be promoted further though specific assignments according to the focus of the module.

Career Opportunities

The programme develops skills which are essential to any high-level graduate employment, such as administration, fundraising, policy making and management.

These are the abilities to engage with, assess and analyse complex information critically; to formulate and write clear and coherent arguments that respond to particular concerns and to present complex information to mixed (or at least varied) audiences.

The programme focus on debate and engagement with multiple perspectives is equally valuable. Such skills are essential to any of the professions that deal directly with people. These may include social work, probation services, mental health advocates.

Students who study this MA with a view to enhancing their career opportunities will benefit from module assessments that will focus on developing students’ listening and reflective skills, and the ability to articulate complex ideas in structured and succinct writing.

Tuition fees

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£ 10,000overall cost

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

University information

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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  • Campus address

    University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3EP, Wales

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