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English (Literary Studies) (PGDip)

PgDip|Postgraduate Taught

English - Literary Studies

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

    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 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 content

    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.

    IntroductionThe PgDip 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, from the earliest writings in English to the contemporary. Most modules are on offer annually, but there can be variation year to year subject to staff availability
    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
    "Studying the MA in English Literary Studies was an easy decision after a fantastic experience as an English undergraduate at Queen’s. I have always wanted to pursue an academic career and the enthusiastic and supportive English staff gave me the confidence to do so. The opportunities for independent research at MA level are invaluable; the Literary Research Methods module in particular is incredibly rewarding. It allowed me to engage with a variety of challenging theoretical paradigms which paved the way for many exciting class debates as well as equipping me with the skills to undertake further research at PhD level.”
    Michelle McLaughlin

    People teaching you

    Senior Lecturer

    Arts, English and Languages
    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 include 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.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

    Additional Teaching Information

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

    Teaching Times

    Morning/Afternoon

    Assessment

    Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

    Essays, practical exercises and seminar presentations.

    Resources

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

  • Modules

    Modules

    The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study. 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 7

      Core Modules

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

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Normally 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 disciplines as a major subject.

    Applications may be considered from those who hold a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a subject other than English or World/Comparative Literature (e.g. Classics, Law) if previous expertise in textual analysis or cultural history can be demonstrated. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

    All 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.

    Please note: international applicants will be required to pay a deposit to secure a place on this course.

    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)

  • Careers

    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.

    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.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,654
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,654
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £5,573
    EU Other 3 £12,733
    International £12,733

    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 £5,500 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 £10,609 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/International/International-students/International-scholarships.

  • Apply

    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

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.


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