Postgraduate MA

English Literature

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    19 Sep 2022

You will specialise in either contemporary literature or creative writing. Taught in workshops held on weekday evenings, you will be able to fit your studies around your existing commitments.

Contemporary Literature

Specialise in researching contemporary literature. You will be introduced to a range of recent literary texts in English and develop an advanced, critical understanding of recent debates on the contemporary creative process.

You will be encouraged by expert tutors to develop your skills in close reading, creating and delivering presentations and formal discussions. Modules will explore how contemporary literary studies is a creative process, and will enable you to specialise in topics at the cutting edge of the discipline.   

Your independent project will enable you to experience the process of defining your own area of investigation and conducting in-depth research and writing.

Creative Writing

Study creative writing at an advanced level. From the outset, you will focus on developing particular expertise in the writing process, and the texts and theories you study will enhance your writing practice.

Modules will explore how knowledge of contemporary literary studies can enhance your creativity, and direct your creative practice in areas of particular interest. Expert tutors will support you in developing transferable skills in textual analysis, creating and delivering presentations and discussion. Assessments will establish your creative voice and ability to write for different audiences.

Supported by your tutor, the independent project module will enable you to pursue your own creative writing project. You will cultivate your advanced planning, written and oral communication skills.

Leeds Beckett is an established provider of postgraduate contemporary literature education, and you will benefit from the wealth of staff expertise on offer within the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities. Whether your interests lie in the postcolonial world, women's writing or contemporary gothic literature, this course will enable you to study poetry, research cultures and explore novels and films relating to current debates.

You will study at City Campus, right in the heart of Leeds and within easy reach of a wealth of cultural venues and organisations. Our industry connections include publisher Palgrave Macmillan’s Campaign for the Humanities, which advocates scholarship and publishing in this area. Palgrave Macmillan also supports Leeds Cultural Conversations, a series of monthly lunchtime talks organised by the University’s Centre for Culture and the Arts and open to students, staff and the public.

You will be encouraged to reflect on your motivation for undertaking masters-level study, and you will explore how to apply your learning to achieve personal, professional development or more specific career goals. Your tutor will support you as you gain advanced planning, written and oral communication skills during your independent project.

"You will be introduced to a range of cutting-edge approaches to the study of creative writing, and have the opportunity to explore the relationship between issues in contemporary culture and their relationship with production of the written word. Guided by our course team, you will work on an extended project that reflects your interests and enthusiasms. You will be taught by practising writers and academics who publish and perform their work and are leaders in their fields." Dr Rachel Connor (Course Director).

Why study English Literature at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  2. Strong and meaningful partnerships with community organisations
  3. We offer distinctive and creative programmes that are responsive to the changes taking place in society
  4. Part time study available
  5. Expert careers service
  6. TEF Silver Award

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