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The MA Literature and Culture offers a suite of innovative and diverse modules. You will complete three 30-credit modules, two 15-credit research methods modules, plus a dissertation (equivalent to four 15-credit modules).

Each 30-credit module explores – through the study of very different texts and writers – how literature both shapes and responds to the cultural moment of its production. Topics of study may include:

  • contemporary U.S. culture and the #BlackLivesMatter movement;
  • the development of literary modernism in relation to networks of communication, transport and culture;
  • the connections between literature, place and the environment;
  • the representation and significance of the figure of the vampire.

In 2018-19 the programme has a special focus on identity, gender and difference.

The English Literature subject group organises a range of literary activities including visits from influential speakers, a postgraduate research forum and conference, and a number of highly successful international conferences, in which postgraduate students have played key roles as co-organisers and presenters.

For details about the planned suite of modules please contact the Literature MA Programme leader, Dr Sam George on s.george@herts.ac.uk.

Take a look at the MA Literature and Culture course booklet.

Why choose this course?

  • A fresh, unique range of modules focusing on both canonical texts and more unusual or contemporary works
  • Research-informed teaching by experts in their field
  • Provides training in research methodology and theoretical approaches to the study of literature
  • All assessment is by coursework
  • Available to study in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time)
  • Offers outstanding online support via StudyNet, our virtual learning environment
  • Convenient location for access to major research libraries and activities in Central London

Course details


The advanced research skills the programme gives you are of value in a wide range of careers.

Teaching methods

Assessment is normally by coursework only. Taught modules require either two pieces of coursework of approximately 2-3,000 words, or one piece of coursework of 4-5,000 words.

The dissertation is an extended piece of research, normally 15,000 words in length.


Level 7

Core Modules

  • Literature Dissertation - 60 Credits
  • Literature Research Methods 1: Critical and Theoretical Debates - 15 Credits
  • Reading the Vampire: Science, Sexuality and Alterity in Modern Culture - 30 Credits
  • Literature Research Methods 2: Advanced Research Skills B - 15 Credits
  • The Networks of Modernism - 30 Credits
  • U.S. Culture and #BlackLivesMatter - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

We normally require at least an upper second class Honours (or equivalent) degree with a significant element (at least 50%) of Literature. Graduates with an Honours Degree in any discipline who have otherwise demonstrated potential to succeed at postgraduate level in Literature will also be considered. IELTS requirement- 6.5.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply


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17/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)


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17/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)