Anglia Ruskin University

English Literature MA

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge

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Typology Master
Location Cambridge
Duration 12 Months
  • Master
  • Cambridge
  • Duration:
    12 Months

Pursue your love of literature at an advanced level, study modules on topics from the Renaissance to the modern day, and gain research skills that will help you stand out to employers or progress to a PhD. Our Master’s course is ideal if you want to advance your teaching career or begin the move into academia.

With an overall focus on literature, politics and social change, our MA English Literature will equip you to engage with the interface between literature and society. By reading and contextualising a wide range of texts within their critical, cultural and historical contexts, you will be encouraged to evaluate the ideas of others and develop your own critical perspectives and areas of specialised knowledge.

The course focuses on three periods of literary history: the Renaissance, the ‘long’ nineteenth century and the 20th/21st century. Each of the three period-based modules is structured around ideas of politics and social change. The fourth module is a research methods module, which will equip you with the skills needed to complete your dissertations.

You can tailor the course to meet your own interests, with optional modules from novel writing to publishing. You will study in a lively and intellectual department with a long tradition of teaching excellence and an international reputation for research.

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Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

You will develop skills and knowledge through a range of teaching and learning methods and by producing essays, presentations, annotated bibliographies, review essays, dissertation proposals, and a major research project in the form of a dissertation. The skills you learn will provide new directions for future employment and form the basis for further study.

· Who is it intended for?

If you are a teacher, you could study with us to update your knowledge and further your existing career, or even move into another discipline. Or, if you are hoping to move on to an academic post, this course will give you the research skills you will need for a PhD.

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4.0 07/03/2016
What I would highlight: Fine University with great offices and so forth. Notwithstanding it is entirely squash into the center of Cambridge and administrations like Student Support can have long holding up times.
What could be improved: No negative aspects.
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What you'll learn on the course

English Language
Creative Writing
Social Change
British Literature
Contemporary Literature
Literature Analysis
Literature Comparative
Literature Study
Modern Literature
Renaissance Literature
Skills and Training
Story Writing
Writing for children
Writing Skills
Short stories and tales

Course programme

Core modules
  • Research Methods - English Literature
  • Major Project
Optional modules
  • Renaissance Drama and Cultures of Performance
  • Re-reading Modernism, Practising Postmodernism
  • Workshop: the Short Story
  • The Long 19th Century: Controversies and Cities
  • Workshop: the Novel
  • Special Topic in Creative Writing/English Literature
  • Independent Learning Module

Your assessment will comprise a combination of essays, critical reviews and presentations, as well as a 15,000-word dissertation.

You can get advice on essay writing at consultation workshops which are built into the course.

Additional information

Course duration:

Course duration: 12 months full-time or up to 3 years part-time (September starts); 15 months full-time (January starts) Teaching times: Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8pm (full-time); Mondays 6-8pm or Thursdays 6-8pm during semester 1 and 2, depending on whether you are in Year 1 or 2 (part-time)

Course fees:

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) £6,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time) £3,050

International students, 2016/17 (per year) £11,200

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