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Modern Literature & Culture MA

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Encounter a broad range of nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture from Britain, North America and the English-speaking world. This course gives you an opportunity to study an eclectic array of texts and topics - including Victorian Studies, Modernism and American Studies - and to think across the period boundaries that restrict other courses. Our optional modules cover almost every aspect of modern literature and culture: from the Victorian novel and Modernist poetics to early science fiction and postcolonial life writing. King's has one of the oldest English departments in the country, and our unrivalled central London location allows you to explore the city's rich literary history first hand.

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.
  • Unrivalled location in the centre of London, with easy access to the British Library and the major libraries and archives of the capital.
  • Flexible course with a wide range of options allows students the opportunity to specialise in areas of their choice.
  • A dynamic, research-led department with an international reputation for excellence.
  • King's English Department is a research environment which values independent thought. While reading widely, students also receive training in research and writing skills in preparation for the completion of a large-scale dissertation project.

Our MA course is an opportunity to explore a wide and eclectic range of topics and texts from the early-19th to mid-20th century, and to think across the period boundaries that restrict other courses. The course provides high-level teaching and research training in a wide range of aspects of modern literature and culture.

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

You will develop the research and writing skills, including manuscript work, bibliographies and internet resources, necessary to complete an extended research project on which you will base your dissertation, which represents half of the credit score for the course. We will enable you to develop critical understanding, to concentrate on specific areas of literary and cultural studies, to acquire advanced skills in research methods and to prepare for doctoral study.

Teaching

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

If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two to four hours of teaching each week through seminars. 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 mainly through written coursework or seminar presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays, field reports, and critical commentaries. Coursework contributes approximately 100% and examinations approximately 0% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

    If you are a part-time student, you will take Text, Culture, Theory and The Archive Workshop in your first year. In your second year you will take your dissertation (60 credits), Research Methods and Practices (30 credits) and 30 credits of optional modules.

    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

    Many of our graduates go on to pursue further research. Others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us 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 cost

    Funding

    Our MA course is an opportunity to explore a wide and eclectic range of topics and texts from the early-19th to mid-20th century, and to think across the period boundaries that restrict other courses. The course provides high-level teaching and research training in a wide range of aspects of modern literature and culture.

    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

    You will develop the research and writing skills, including manuscript work, bibliographies and internet resources, necessary to complete an extended research project on which you will base your dissertation, which represents half of the credit score for the course. We will enable you to develop critical understanding, to concentrate on specific areas of literary and cultural studies, to acquire advanced skills in research methods and to prepare for doctoral study.

    Teaching

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

    If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two to four hours of teaching each week through seminars. 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 mainly through written coursework or seminar presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays, field reports, and critical commentaries. Coursework contributes approximately 100% and examinations approximately 0% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

      If you are a part-time student, you will take Text, Culture, Theory and The Archive Workshop in your first year. In your second year you will take your dissertation (60 credits), Research Methods and Practices (30 credits) and 30 credits of optional modules.

      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

      Many of our graduates go on to pursue further research. Others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us 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 cost

      Funding

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