Modern and Contemporary Literature MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

Interrogating the fabric of 20th and 21st century culture, this programme gives you the chance to develop expertise in the analysis of film and literature of the period, while deepening your understanding of key conceptual and theoretical dynamics.

You will develop:
• an advanced knowledge of a range of modern and contemporary texts and films
• an understanding of established concerns linked to modernism, postmodernism and post-colonialism, related to less familiar approaches grounded in the study of, for example, technology, the body and multitudes
• critical ability to address and reflect on the cultural and political contexts in which modern and contemporary texts and films are produced, read and viewed
• conceptual awareness of theoretical debates at the forefront of academic work in modern and contemporary studies
• the ability to undertake a research programme leading to a PhD

Driven by the research excellence of our staff and the energy and intellectual curiosity of our students, this is a unique MA programme that produces vibrant and exciting debates. Whether you are looking to advance knowledge developed at undergraduate level, develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the creative industries, education, management or publishing, or to establish the foundations for a PhD, this programme will challenge and engage you.

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This programme consists of compulsory modules and a dissertation.  Modules are structured around the broad themes of time and space. Within these modules you will begin by studying key issues in modernism and modernity, postmodernism and postmodernity. We consider the radical transformation of time and space by industrial modernity, and subsequently by a globalised postmodernity, and explore the relationship between socioeconomic forms and literary and cultural production.

You will also undertake more sustained, specialised study of specific texts (literature, film, popular culture). These texts are grounded in material that maintains a balance between canonical elements and less familiar material, between English, American and postcolonial writing, and between literature and film. The modules reflect the research specialisms of staff in the School and will give you the chance to develop your expertise on issues of contemporary relevance and to participate in live, exciting debates that will shape the development of these particular fields.

Students receive extensive training in research methods and how to develop research projects. All students write a 15,000-18,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice emerging from the programme.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in English literature, film studies or English literature plus another subject, such as classics, a modern language, history, philosophy, social geography, cultural studies, drama studies, media studies, English language.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit a sample essay and to have achieved IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Sherelle Scott
Programme Secretary
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of English Literature, Language and Creative Writing.