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English (Literary Studies) (MA)

MA|Postgraduate Taught

English - Literary Studies

Entry year
2023
Entry requirements
2.1
Duration
3 years (Part Time)
1 year (Full Time)
Places available
tbc (Part Time)
tbc (Full Time)

To provide students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of English Literary Studies, enabling students to pursue specialised fields of study or to choose a flexible arrangement of topics which bypass traditional period or national boundaries.

English - Literary Studies highlights

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • You will be taught by staff with interests that range across the English subject area and who have research profiles of international standing.

Student Experience

  • The MA in English Literary Studies offers a number of special features. Some modules engage with contemporary art and culture through field work, while other modules use connections to the History subject area and to the archives in Armagh, Belfast and Trinity College Dublin.

Course Structure

Students may enrol on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students take three modules per semester. Part-time students typically take one or two modules per semester.

Course DetailsThe MA in English Literary Studies offers a flexible system in which students can choose either specific topics to create a focused programme of study or widely diverse areas of literary study, according to their own preferences. The School's literary studies staff comprise the largest group within the School of Arts, English and Languages and are thus able to teach a broad range of material: modules span the earliest writings in English (studied in their own historical and cultural contexts but also in relation to new digital cultures), to contemporary American literature and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (incorporating literature and other aspects of culture, such as television and graphic arts).

Other strengths of the School's expertise include Renaissance literature (particularly women's writing, the history of the child, and Shakespeare and World Cinema), eighteenth-century literature (women's writing, slavery and abolition, and Indian literatures in English) and nineteenth and twentieth-century literature (with specialisms including the fiction of Dickens, the fin de siècle and modernism).


All students on the programme take a subject-specific Literary Research Methods module that addresses the issues, challenges and research questions raised by advanced study in the subject. Students also select from a wide range of optional modules, permitting either specialism or diversity in the choice of study. Most modules are on offer annually, but there can be variation year to year subject to staff availability. Finally, after two semesters of taught modules, all MA students on the programme complete a 15,000 word dissertation, which they choose and design and then work on in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
ModulesLiterary Research Methods
Contemporary Literature in Crisis
Debating Modernity in Contemporary Indian Literature
Dickens in Context
Magic and Science in Medieval Writings
Narratives of Atlantic Slavery
Shakespearean Childhoods
Trauma and Memory
African Fiction: Race, Rites and Religion
Decadence and the Birth of Modernism
Fictions of Female Community 1660-2007
Popular Fiction at the Fin de Siècle
Shakespeare and Asia
A Space for Radical Openness? Writing the Margins in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
Irish Women's Writing
Adaptation: Texts, Screens, Culture
Special Topic Irish Writing
Irish Poetry
America's Aftermaths
Incorrigibly Plural
Discourses of Crime and Deviance
Migrating Identities
Summer Period (June-September)Dissertation (60 CATS)
"I applied for the masters in literary studies as I wished to expand on the research skills I had developed at undergraduate level. Literary studies provided me with both the opportunities to expand my investigative skills through tailored research-centred seminars and refine my area of interest through specialised modules. The modules on offer are fascinatingly diverse, covering literatures from Anglo-Saxon verse to 21st century Indian prose, and the teaching staff delivering seminars are world-class. Thanks to support and guidance from my lecturers, I gained the confidence and skills needed to pursue doctoral study, and I look forward to returning to Queen’s this autumn.”
Jasmine McCrory

People teaching you

Senior Lecturer

SAEL
Email: j.livingstone@qub.ac.uk The programme is taught by members of staff from across the English subject area. A full list of staff can be accessed here: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/ael/Connect/KEYSCHOOLCONTACTS/#as-english

Teaching Times

Mondays-Fridays. May also study-skill days and field-trips to archives.

Career Prospects

Introduction
Graduates from these programmes have a good employment record. Professions including publishing, journalism, public relations, teaching, IT, library science, corporate advertising, the Civil Service, business, industry and the media all recruit from our range of graduates. Some students choose to continue their studies to PhD level on a chosen, specialised topic in one of the pathways in English Literary Studies.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Learning and Teaching

Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

Additional Teaching Information

Mondays-Fridays. Morning/Afternoon. May also include study-skill days and field-trips to archives.

Assessment

Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

Essays, practical exercises and seminar presentations

Resources

Watch a webinar on the MA in English Literary Studies with the programme convenor, Dr. Justin Livingstone.
https://youtu.be/pk8xgoN0rQ0

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Modules

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2022/23). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

  • Year 1

    Core Modules

    Optional Modules

    Love Poetry (20 credits)
    Dickens in Context (20 credits)
    Incorrigibly Plural (20 credits)
    Irish Poetry (20 credits)

Entrance requirements

Graduate
A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in English, World/Comparative Literature, or joint or combined Honours with one of these subjects as a major subject.

In addition, applicants are required to submit a piece of written work which may be assessed to determine if an offer of admission can be made.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 11th August 2023 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

International Students

Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Career Prospects

Introduction
Graduates from these programmes have a good employment record. Professions including publishing, journalism, public relations, teaching, IT, library science, corporate advertising, the Civil Service, business, industry and the media all recruit from our range of graduates. Some students choose to continue their studies to PhD level on a chosen, specialised topic in one of the pathways in English Literary Studies.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Graduate plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £6,980
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £6,980
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £8,360
EU Other 3 £19,100
International £19,100

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2023-24, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

English - Literary Studies costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £6,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/Study/international-students/international-scholarships/.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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When to Apply

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

Terms and Conditions

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