This English MA offers the opportunity to engage with the rich and complicated literary imaginings of London through the years – from Shakespeare to the Victorians and onwards, to cinematic, postcolonial and documentary constructions of the city.
The structure is designed to be flexible, with courses taught in weekly seminars focusing on literary, theoretical and cultural texts. Broaden your knowledge of literature and your understanding of London’s role in the world while exploring alternative approaches and perspectives, all within an interdisciplinary, comparative and international context.
What you should know about this course
- You’ll study the rich diversity of literary responses to London and develop your critical thinking skills
- Enjoy site-specific learning through walks and museum and gallery visits across London
- The course includes training in the research skills that you will need for independent study
- You’ll benefit from the expertise of specialists across the historical span of literary representations of London
- Unpick the assumptions we make in our reading practices with an introduction to literary and cultural theory.
What you will study
Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.
- Dissertation (MA English: Literary London) (60 credits)
- Imagining the Metropolis (30 credits)
- The Commerce of Vice: Early Modern London (30 credits)
- Text and Theory (15 credits)
- Research Skills for Literary Studies (15 credits)
Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.
- Unreal City: London and Modernity (30 credits)
- Writing London (30 credits)
How you will learn
In a typical week, learning takes place place through seminars in which tutors and students discuss and develop ideas prompted by set texts and guided reading. This may be supplemented by one-to-one consultations and visits to relevant museums, archives, or historical sites. Teaching takes place on the Greenwich campus.
Lectures, seminars or tutorials are normally attended by smaller groups. Numbers can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. Students also take part in shared/collaborative modules with students on other creative arts course, providing a perfect opportunity to develop skills in group and teamwork.
Outside of timetabled sessions, you’ll need to dedicate time to independent study to prepare for seminars, coursework and writing. Our Stockwell Street library and online resources will support your further reading and research.
We also encourage our students to take advantage of the wealth of material available at the British Library and other specialist libraries in London.
Your overall workload consists of contact hours, independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.
On this course, students are assessed by coursework, presentations, and a dissertation, which signifies the culmination of your studies in a longer piece of independent research developed with a supervisor.
We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.
Dates and timetables
The academic year runs from September to June.
Careers and placements
What sort of careers do graduates pursue?
A postgraduate degree in this field will allow you to enter a wide variety of fields of work and opens the door to embarking on a research degree. A number of our graduates have gone on to complete PhDs.
Others have found work in teaching, journalism, marketing and PR, arts administration, local and central government, charity work, and many other areas.
(This course is not a teacher training course. Anyone wishing to become a teacher will need to undertake/complete the necessary specific training to qualify as a teacher.)
Do you provide employability services?
Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.
The University’s Employability and Careers Service (ECS) provides support when you are preparing to apply for jobs. Support includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.
Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the sector and who may be able to provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.
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