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English Literature (MA)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)

Overview

The MA English Literature focuses upon the study of literature within its historical context. The programme offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to develop expertise in archival research, whilst at the same time honing the theoretical and critical skills necessary for the successful analysis and interpretation of literary and historical sources. By offering the opportunity to study major authors of English Literature such as William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens and the programme will appeal to a wide range of applicants, including home students and those from overseas, and develops essential transferable skills relevant to a wide range of careers, including the teaching profession. The discussion of canonical authors in the MA is cutting edge because if works to recontextualise the canon in literary, historical and theoretical terms.

For further information download the MA English Literature leaflet 

Key Information:

Location:                           Hope Park
Course: Masters Degree
Course fees: £4,500 (UK & EU)
Duration: 1 Year (Full Time)
Start Date: September (Full-Time only) January (Part-Time only)

Graduates with a 2:1 or above maybe entitled to a scholarship, for further details please click here fees and funding

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

 

Curriculum

The course consists of taught modules (including three compulsory modules) and a research dissertation. Assessment is through coursework, primarily in essay format. Full-time students normally attend two intensive classes each week, part-time students attend one class per week; these sessions are backed up by the time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.

Core modules:

Handiwork: From Pen to Print (compulsory - 15 credits)

Theories of Literature and Culture (compulsory - 15 credits)

Dissertation Preparation (compulsory - 15 credits)

Research Dissertation (compulsory - 60 credits)

Indicative option modules:

The following is an indicative list of modules (all 15 credits), only some of the which run each year:

Early Modern Popular Culture

Exeunt Omnes: Shakespeare Offstage

The Rise of the Novel

Case Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature

American Modernism

The Literature of the First World War:  Gender, Class and Conflict

Culture and Diversity in Early Twentieth-Century Irish Literature

New Literatures in English

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline which might be appropriate including Film, Media or Theatre Studies. You should have a keen interest in the subject and a willingness to engage in wide reading around the topic areas.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

For students who first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section of the website.

Teaching & Research

The MA English Literature is underpinned by the internationally renowned research expertise of the staff in the English Department, and a methodological approach - namely a consistent emphasis on the study of literature within its historical context - that characterises the research work of all members of the Department. The English Department at Liverpool Hope forms a small, tightly knitted community, and we are committed to limiting our intake so that we are able to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for our students at all levels of study.

In an environment of lively enquiry and debate, the wide range of research interests and expertise make for an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The learning and teaching environment means that students benefit from individual attention in class and a strong base of tutorial support. You will experience a range of modes of learning: lecture input, participation in seminars, seminar presentations, discussion with other students, and individual tutorials where appropriate. As a postgraduate degree, it is of course expected that students will undertake a high level of independent research and reading of primary and secondary texts.

One of the special features of the MA English Literature is the way in which it places an emphasis upon archival research, particularly through the core module entitled Handiwork which examines the relationship between manuscript and printed texts. This archival study involves practical, hands-on work within Liverpool Hope's own centre for Special Collections, and provides an exciting opportunity to work with literary texts in manuscript and rare printed form.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 showed that the English Department is a leading department for research, with 32.3% of our publications achieving the top grade and being recognised as 'world-leading'. English proved to be the strongest subject at Liverpool Hope, with considerably more world-leading research than any other subject in the university. 

Nationally, the department came 29th out of 89 for quality of research outputs and 26th for world-leading research. We are one of the leading English departments in the region, and in the league table for research outputs we finished above Lancaster, Manchester Met, John Moores, Edge Hill, Uclan, Salford and Chester. In the same league table, English at Hope also finished above Oxford, Sheffield, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Reading, Leeds and many other large universities.

Postgraduate students are an important and valued part of this vibrant research community and our MA students are involved in many activities that contribute to the wider academic life of the English Department. This year, for example, some of our MA students helped to run a conference for our final year undergraduate students; and a number of MA students have presented their work at conferences at other universities. 

Wilfred OwenDr. Guy Cuthbertson's new biography of Wilfred Owen has been reviewed by Rowan Williams, who describes is as "very readable and focused biography [...] a vigorous, well-documented narrative, with fresh light to cast on some central themes". It was also 'Book of the Week' in The Daily Mail, and in The Sunday Times. Read more about Dr. Cuthbertson's work here. 

Employability

The MA English Literature can act as a foundation for further postgraduate work, including doctoral research. It also fosters a range of transferable skills valued in professional contexts, such as critical and lateral thinking, the ability to formulate arguments, the capacity to work independently, the presentation of research findings, and information management. It develops students' ability to interpret and analyse cultural products. Teachers may follow this course in order to enhance their subject knowledge.

 

Opportunities for developing transferable skills

Involvement in the English Department’s final year Undergraduate conference

Picture for EnglishWe offer our MA students the opportunity to experience an important leadership role within the context of a busy and vibrant research setting, via the English Department Undergraduate Conference, a two-day event in which our final year undergraduate students present their research work to students and staff. Our MA students play an important role in the event by chairing panels of speakers, and managing the questions and answer sessions which follow presentations. In 2013 our MA students did a fantastic job, here’s what they said about the experience:

"It was great to chair a panel at the level H conference... It will boost any MA student's confidence and add to their CV.
The tutors gave us support so it wasn't too scary - I'd recommend giving it a try!" - Elizabeth

"It was a great experience being able to chair a panel at the level H Conference. This helped build confidence speaking to conference delegates, which is what we strive to be able to do as a PG student. The best part of this experience was being able to share experiences with the undergraduate students and see the great papers which they delivered." - Andrew

"the attendance of staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students provided a really lovely, cohesive environment and I felt integrated within the academic community. To experience to even a small degree the management of a panel of speakers at a conference I feel will be a step towards enhancing my own skills and academic cv ... I really do believe that it is important to develop the skill and ability to speak at this level and this is such a transferable skill whether within an academic environment or not. Brilliant idea!" - Samantha

Overview

The MA English Literature focuses upon the study of literature within its historical context. The programme offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to develop expertise in archival research, whilst at the same time honing the theoretical and critical skills necessary for the successful analysis and interpretation of literary and historical sources. By offering the opportunity to study major authors of English Literature such as William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens and the programme will appeal to a wide range of applicants, including home students and those from overseas, and develops essential transferable skills relevant to a wide range of careers, including the teaching profession. The discussion of canonical authors in the MA is cutting edge because if works to recontextualise the canon in literary, historical and theoretical terms.

For further information download the MA English Literature leaflet 

Key Information:

Location:                           Hope Park
Course: Masters Degree
Course fees: £4,500 (UK & EU)
Duration: 1 Year (Full Time)
Start Date: September (Full-Time only) January (Part-Time only)

Graduates with a 2:1 or above maybe entitled to a scholarship, for further details please click here fees and funding

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

 

Curriculum

The course consists of taught modules (including three compulsory modules) and a research dissertation. Assessment is through coursework, primarily in essay format. Full-time students normally attend two intensive classes each week, part-time students attend one class per week; these sessions are backed up by the time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.

Core modules:

Handiwork: From Pen to Print (compulsory - 15 credits)

Theories of Literature and Culture (compulsory - 15 credits)

Dissertation Preparation (compulsory - 15 credits)

Research Dissertation (compulsory - 60 credits)

Indicative option modules:

The following is an indicative list of modules (all 15 credits), only some of the which run each year:

Early Modern Popular Culture

Exeunt Omnes: Shakespeare Offstage

The Rise of the Novel

Case Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature

American Modernism

The Literature of the First World War:  Gender, Class and Conflict

Culture and Diversity in Early Twentieth-Century Irish Literature

New Literatures in English

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline which might be appropriate including Film, Media or Theatre Studies. You should have a keen interest in the subject and a willingness to engage in wide reading around the topic areas.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

For students who first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section of the website.

Teaching & Research

The MA English Literature is underpinned by the internationally renowned research expertise of the staff in the English Department, and a methodological approach - namely a consistent emphasis on the study of literature within its historical context - that characterises the research work of all members of the Department. The English Department at Liverpool Hope forms a small, tightly knitted community, and we are committed to limiting our intake so that we are able to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for our students at all levels of study.

In an environment of lively enquiry and debate, the wide range of research interests and expertise make for an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The learning and teaching environment means that students benefit from individual attention in class and a strong base of tutorial support. You will experience a range of modes of learning: lecture input, participation in seminars, seminar presentations, discussion with other students, and individual tutorials where appropriate. As a postgraduate degree, it is of course expected that students will undertake a high level of independent research and reading of primary and secondary texts.

One of the special features of the MA English Literature is the way in which it places an emphasis upon archival research, particularly through the core module entitled Handiwork which examines the relationship between manuscript and printed texts. This archival study involves practical, hands-on work within Liverpool Hope's own centre for Special Collections, and provides an exciting opportunity to work with literary texts in manuscript and rare printed form.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 showed that the English Department is a leading department for research, with 32.3% of our publications achieving the top grade and being recognised as 'world-leading'. English proved to be the strongest subject at Liverpool Hope, with considerably more world-leading research than any other subject in the university. 

Nationally, the department came 29th out of 89 for quality of research outputs and 26th for world-leading research. We are one of the leading English departments in the region, and in the league table for research outputs we finished above Lancaster, Manchester Met, John Moores, Edge Hill, Uclan, Salford and Chester. In the same league table, English at Hope also finished above Oxford, Sheffield, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Reading, Leeds and many other large universities.

Postgraduate students are an important and valued part of this vibrant research community and our MA students are involved in many activities that contribute to the wider academic life of the English Department. This year, for example, some of our MA students helped to run a conference for our final year undergraduate students; and a number of MA students have presented their work at conferences at other universities. 

Wilfred OwenDr. Guy Cuthbertson's new biography of Wilfred Owen has been reviewed by Rowan Williams, who describes is as "very readable and focused biography [...] a vigorous, well-documented narrative, with fresh light to cast on some central themes". It was also 'Book of the Week' in The Daily Mail, and in The Sunday Times. Read more about Dr. Cuthbertson's work here. 

Employability

The MA English Literature can act as a foundation for further postgraduate work, including doctoral research. It also fosters a range of transferable skills valued in professional contexts, such as critical and lateral thinking, the ability to formulate arguments, the capacity to work independently, the presentation of research findings, and information management. It develops students' ability to interpret and analyse cultural products. Teachers may follow this course in order to enhance their subject knowledge.

 

Opportunities for developing transferable skills

Involvement in the English Department’s final year Undergraduate conference

Picture for EnglishWe offer our MA students the opportunity to experience an important leadership role within the context of a busy and vibrant research setting, via the English Department Undergraduate Conference, a two-day event in which our final year undergraduate students present their research work to students and staff. Our MA students play an important role in the event by chairing panels of speakers, and managing the questions and answer sessions which follow presentations. In 2013 our MA students did a fantastic job, here’s what they said about the experience:

"It was great to chair a panel at the level H conference... It will boost any MA student's confidence and add to their CV.
The tutors gave us support so it wasn't too scary - I'd recommend giving it a try!" - Elizabeth

"It was a great experience being able to chair a panel at the level H Conference. This helped build confidence speaking to conference delegates, which is what we strive to be able to do as a PG student. The best part of this experience was being able to share experiences with the undergraduate students and see the great papers which they delivered." - Andrew

"the attendance of staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students provided a really lovely, cohesive environment and I felt integrated within the academic community. To experience to even a small degree the management of a panel of speakers at a conference I feel will be a step towards enhancing my own skills and academic cv ... I really do believe that it is important to develop the skill and ability to speak at this level and this is such a transferable skill whether within an academic environment or not. Brilliant idea!" - Samantha

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Dr Zoe Kinsley

Award Co-ordinator for MA English Literature

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3851

e: kinslez@hope.ac.uk

Department: English

Start date: September & January

How to Apply