Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Birkbeck?s MA Contemporary Literature and Culture offers you the opportunity to specialise in twenty-first-century literature and culture, as well as exposing you to the most important literary and theoretical developments of the last few decades. It considers the legacy of postmodernism, the effects of new technologies on narrative form, and the aesthetic, spatial and political coordinates of writing produced in an increasingly networked and globalised world.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Graduates go in to careers in writing and journalism, editing and publishing, research, marketing, public relations and education. Possible professions include writing, editing, or publishing. This degree can also be useful in becoming an editorial assistant, public relations officer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or advertising copywriter.

Start Date:

One evening a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need a good second-class honours degree in literature, cultural studies, history or another relevant subject. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
  • IELTS score: 7