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Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory MA

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Our MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory lets you explore a range of texts and concepts from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The course offers you the opportunity to study cutting-edge topics such as literary production after 1999; imperialism and sexuality; contemporary experimental poetry; new directions in gender and race theory; realism and its others; emerging concepts of the human; theories and histories of violence; Marxist theories of value; the intersection of aesthetics and politics in relation to transparency and secrecy; urban culture; performance studies; and cultures of conflict and dissent from Africa to the Middle East.

Key benefits

  • Department of English - Research recognised (REF 2021) with 90 per cent overall rating for either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) research and 100 per cent at 4* and 3* for research environment.
  • Flexible course offering a range of approaches to contemporary literature, culture and theory
  • Training in research methods and practices in preparation for the dissertation project
  • Course structure includes three option modules so students can focus their studies to suit their specific research interests
  • Five full-time staff members who specialise in the contemporary period, within a dynamic, research-led department with an international reputation for excellence
  • Unrivalled location in the centre of London, with easy access to the British Library and the major libraries and archives of the capital

Our course in Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory gives you the opportunity to explore a range of topics and texts from 1945 to the present, with a particular focus on the intersection of literature, culture and theory. You will access postgraduate-level teaching and research training in a wide range of aspects of English literature, language and culture, in a research-led environment that encourages scholarly inquiry and independent thought. We will train you in research and writing skills (including manuscript work, bibliographies and internet resources) in preparation for a large-scale research project. This course is also an excellent foundation for and an introduction to what will be required for a doctorate.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

If you are a full-time student, we will provide four to six hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week, and we will expect you to undertake 26 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week, and we will expect you to undertake 13 hours of independent study.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include 3,000 or 4,000-word essays. Coursework contributes approximately 100% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take:

    If you are a part-time student, you will take your dissertation and advanced research skills workshops in your second year. You will also take one module from the optional modules listed below in your first year, and two in your second.

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    We expect some students will go on to pursue research. Others may transfer the skills they develop to careers in teaching, journalism, cultural arts and management, or the legal and financial sectors.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary  you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    Our course in Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory gives you the opportunity to explore a range of topics and texts from 1945 to the present, with a particular focus on the intersection of literature, culture and theory. You will access postgraduate-level teaching and research training in a wide range of aspects of English literature, language and culture, in a research-led environment that encourages scholarly inquiry and independent thought. We will train you in research and writing skills (including manuscript work, bibliographies and internet resources) in preparation for a large-scale research project. This course is also an excellent foundation for and an introduction to what will be required for a doctorate.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    If you are a full-time student, we will provide four to six hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week, and we will expect you to undertake 26 hours of independent study.

    If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week, and we will expect you to undertake 13 hours of independent study.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include 3,000 or 4,000-word essays. Coursework contributes approximately 100% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take:

      If you are a part-time student, you will take your dissertation and advanced research skills workshops in your second year. You will also take one module from the optional modules listed below in your first year, and two in your second.

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      We expect some students will go on to pursue research. Others may transfer the skills they develop to careers in teaching, journalism, cultural arts and management, or the legal and financial sectors.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary  you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handouts
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

      Funding

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