Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

This pathway focuses on cutting-edge developments in literature. It uses notions of ?writing? and of the ?present? as gateways into contemporary debates about the historical present, the nature of time, and the difficulties of periodisation. Special attention will be paid to questions of technology, innovation, and social change. Our approach to contemporary material will be genuinely interdisciplinary and we will explore how such writing plays a role in current theoretical debates, engages with contemporary philosophy, and is transformed within the context of digital culture. The pathway is delivered by a strong team of specialists in contemporary literature and culture, with particular expertise in digital cultures, technology, narrative theory and the contemporary novel. The pathway as whole thus facilitates a twin focus on the notions of writing and the present, encouraging you to examine the most urgent intellectual issues of our time that relate to the notion of ?the contemporary?, not only in academic contexts but also in lived social experience.

Assessed modules are taught in weekly two-hour seminars. The research-training modules will involve visits to archives and galleries which may each take up an afternoon. The dissertation is supervised through sessions with a specially designated supervisor. In addition to the timetabled sessions, you will be asked to attend meetings with your adviser and course tutor. You will also need to undertake many hours of independent learning and research in order to progress at the required level. When coursework deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019. EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,150 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,150 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,350 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,575 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,575 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,175 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Most applicants will have an undergraduate degree with a first or good upper second class honours (or the equivalent) in English or such related fields as history, cultural studies and media studies. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5. Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at masters level will also be considered.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum English Language requirements for entry to postgraduate degree programmes within the School of English and Drama are: IELTS: 7.0 overall including 7.0 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking; TOEFL: 100 overall including 27 in Writing, 24 in Reading, 22 in Listening and 25 in Speaking; PTE Academic: 68 overall including 68 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking; Trinity ISE: Trinity ISE III with Merit in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking; C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 185 in Writing, and 185 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 185 in Writing, and 185 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • IELTS score: 7