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Popular Literatures (MA)

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

Overview

* This course qualifies for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

This programme offers students the opportunity to specialise in the study of popular literature within a number of literary periods and genres, such as early modern drama, the eighteenth-century novel, twentieth-century detective fiction, and science fiction and fantasy.  It analyses texts from both literary and linguistic perspectives, and interrogates the concept of the "popular" from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives.  The programme is distinctive in its focus upon popular literature within the context of its historical development as well as on the cutting-edge study of contemporary forms.

For further information download the MA Popular Literatures Leaflet 

Key Information:

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

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 a week; these sessions are backed up by time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.  The following is an indicative list of modules, only some of which run each year.

Core modules:

Approaches to Popular Literature (compulsory – 15 credits)

• Popular Literature: Theories and Contexts (compulsory – 15 credits)

• Dissertation Preparation (compulsory – 15 credits)

• Research Dissertation (compulsory – 60 credits)

Indicative optional modules:

The Rise of the Novel (elective – 15 credits)

• Science Fiction and Fantasy (elective – 15 credits)

• Gothic Fictions (elective – 15 credits)

• The Literature of the First World War (elective – 15 credits)

• Crime and Detective Fiction (elective – 15 credits)

• Early Modern Popular Culture

• Popular Culture and Stereotypes (elective – 15 credits)

• The Art of the Graphic Novel (elective – 15 credits)

 

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a humanities subject.   For Popular Literatures, relevant subjects would include Literature and Language. Other backgrounds which might be appropriate include Film, Media or Theatre Studies. You should have a keen interest in the subjects, 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 whose 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 English Department at Liverpool Hope University forms a small, tightly knitted community. 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. Liverpool Hope offers students the opportunity to work with staff who specialise in the study of popular literatures, working at international levels, and within a vibrant research context.

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.

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.

 

Employability

The MA in Popular Literatures 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

* This course qualifies for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

This programme offers students the opportunity to specialise in the study of popular literature within a number of literary periods and genres, such as early modern drama, the eighteenth-century novel, twentieth-century detective fiction, and science fiction and fantasy.  It analyses texts from both literary and linguistic perspectives, and interrogates the concept of the "popular" from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives.  The programme is distinctive in its focus upon popular literature within the context of its historical development as well as on the cutting-edge study of contemporary forms.

For further information download the MA Popular Literatures Leaflet 

Key Information:

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

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 a week; these sessions are backed up by time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.  The following is an indicative list of modules, only some of which run each year.

Core modules:

Approaches to Popular Literature (compulsory – 15 credits)

• Popular Literature: Theories and Contexts (compulsory – 15 credits)

• Dissertation Preparation (compulsory – 15 credits)

• Research Dissertation (compulsory – 60 credits)

Indicative optional modules:

The Rise of the Novel (elective – 15 credits)

• Science Fiction and Fantasy (elective – 15 credits)

• Gothic Fictions (elective – 15 credits)

• The Literature of the First World War (elective – 15 credits)

• Crime and Detective Fiction (elective – 15 credits)

• Early Modern Popular Culture

• Popular Culture and Stereotypes (elective – 15 credits)

• The Art of the Graphic Novel (elective – 15 credits)

 

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a humanities subject.   For Popular Literatures, relevant subjects would include Literature and Language. Other backgrounds which might be appropriate include Film, Media or Theatre Studies. You should have a keen interest in the subjects, 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 whose 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 English Department at Liverpool Hope University forms a small, tightly knitted community. 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. Liverpool Hope offers students the opportunity to work with staff who specialise in the study of popular literatures, working at international levels, and within a vibrant research context.

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.

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.

 

Employability

The MA in Popular Literatures 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

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3851

e: kinslez@hope.ac.uk

Department: English

Start date: September & January

How to Apply