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English Literature
Postgraduate course
MA

English Literature

International Scholarships available

Overview

This is a new course that is being designed to help us offer you the best educational experience. The course modules listed below are indicative of what you will study – they are currently being developed ready for the final content to be confirmed. Check this page from November 2018 for confirmed details of the course modules as they will be delivered from September 2019.

You will specialise in either contemporary literature or creative writing. Taught in workshops held on weekday evenings, you will be able to fit your studies around your existing commitments.

Contemporary Literature

Specialise in researching contemporary literature. You will be introduced to a range of recent literary texts in English and develop an advanced, critical understanding of recent debates on the contemporary creative process.

You will be encouraged by expert tutors to develop your skills in close reading, creating and delivering presentations and formal discussions. Modules will explore how contemporary literary studies is a creative process, and will enable you to specialise in topics at the cutting edge of the discipline.   

Your independent project will enable you to experience the process of defining your own area of investigation and conducting in-depth research and writing.

Creative Writing

Study creative writing at an advanced level. From the outset, you will focus on developing particular expertise in the writing process, and the texts and theories you study will enhance your writing practice.

Modules will explore how knowledge of contemporary literary studies can enhance your creativity, and direct your creative practice in areas of particular interest. Expert tutors will support you in developing transferable skills in textual analysis, creating and delivering presentations and discussion. Assessments will establish your creative voice and ability to write for different audiences. 

Supported by your tutor, the independent project module will enable you to pursue your own creative writing project. You will cultivate your advanced planning, written and oral communication skills. 

Leeds Beckett is an established provider of postgraduate contemporary literature education, and you will benefit from the wealth of staff expertise on offer within the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities. Whether your interests lie in the postcolonial world, women's writing or contemporary gothic literature, this course will enable you to study poetry, research cultures and explore novels and films relating to current debates.

You will study at City Campus, right in the heart of Leeds and within easy reach of a wealth of cultural venues and organisations. Our industry connections include publisher Palgrave Macmillan’s Campaign for the Humanities, which advocates scholarship and publishing in this area. Palgrave Macmillan also supports Leeds Cultural Conversations, a series of monthly lunchtime talks organised by the University’s Centre for Culture and the Arts and open to students, staff and the public. 

You will be encouraged to reflect on your motivation for undertaking masters-level study, and you will explore how to apply your learning to achieve personal, professional development or more specific career goals. Your tutor will support you as you gain advanced planning, written and oral communication skills during your independent project.

"You will be introduced to a range of cutting-edge approaches to the study of creative writing, and have the opportunity to explore the relationship between issues in contemporary culture and their relationship with production of the written word. Guided by our course team, you will work on an extended project that reflects your interests and enthusiasms. You will be taught by practising writers and academics who publish and perform their work and are leaders in their fields." Dr Rachel Connor (Course Director).

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Humanities, Social Sciences, Law or Human Geography, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.5 overall with no skills below 5.5, achieving 7.0 in the written component of the test, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Humanities, Social Sciences, Law or Human Geography, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.5 overall with no skills below 5.5, achieving 7.0 in the written component of the test, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

English Literature

Careers

Teaching and learning

Indicative core modules include Creative Criticism, Literature in Practice, and the Major Project. You will study a variety of other modules depending on your specialism. Modules vary from year to year and may include topics such as Postmillennial Gothic, Imagining India, Poetry and Poetics, Contemporary Apocalyptic Fictions, Rewritings, and Space-place-environment, among others.  

Dr Susan Watkins
Professor Susan Watkins
Professor

Susan Watkins is Professor of Twentieth-Century Women's Fiction in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities. She is an expert in twentieth-century and contemporary women's fiction and feminist theory.

The contemporary pathway is for those who are fascinated by the literature of our contemporary moment, and also want to trace the histories and cultural contexts that created that moment. The English team at Leeds Beckett includes scholars who are leading the field and working on the latest thinking about contemporary literature and new critical approaches to it. Our areas of expertise include the contemporary Gothic, post-apocalyptic fiction, post 9/11 writing, neo-liberalism in the contemporary American novel, and new writing from India and the African diaspora.

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. See further information on financing your studies.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Learning spaces

  • 24/7 Library and learning spaces
    24/7 Library and learning spaces

    Our online library is a vital resource, allowing you to access tens of thousands of digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, subject-specific web pages and databases, from any machine anywhere in the world. Our split-site Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, so you will always find space to work, whether that is in our silent study areas or social learning spaces.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    Officially one of the world’s best tall buildings and a big talking point in Leeds, Broadcasting Place is home to our cultural studies and humanities courses. It offers a space for students to join an academic community that plays an active role in shaping contemporary debates about the future direction of those disciplines.

Location

Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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