MA Contemporary Literature

MA Contemporary Literature

Learn about the complex relationships between texts, theory and contemporary debate. You will study everything from novels and poetry to memoirs and creative non-fiction, engaging with British, American and postcolonial contemporary writing.

York is a great place for book lovers. We take part in York Literature Festival every year – an event which has hosted Margaret Atwood, Michel Faber and many other famous literary names. Workshops, writing sessions and readings are as central to your learning as lectures and seminars.

Classes take place once a week for each module. You can study part-time (taking one module each term) or full-time (two modules each term). Classes are taught during the week and often take place in the early evening.

Entry Requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in English Literature or another related subject. 

If you have a 2:2 undergraduate degree and knowledge English Literature, you may be accepted on to the course following an interview. You may also be required to submit a piece of written work to support your application. 

International Students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie the same entry criteria as above).

If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Course Details

Theorising the Contemporary: Critical Perspectives
Form and Genre Now
Historicising the Contemporary
World, Globe, Literature (30 credits - compulsory)
Speculative Bodies
Reflections on the Contemporary

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