Master in 21st Century Literature


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Programme Description

This Master’s programme is informed by the thriving 21st Century research community at the University of Lincoln.

MA 21st Century Literature provides you with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of current developments in literature by sampling a diverse variety of postmillennial texts. You will have the opportunity to develop a thorough knowledge of literary genres and advance your research, communication and writing skills.

You can also benefit from engagement with the University’s 21st Century Research Group, which includes strengths in Gothic literature, women’s writing, ecocriticism, American fiction, and utopian literature, and the School’s close relationship with the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS).

Presenting papers twice a year at the MA symposium will also provide an opportunity to develop your skills in independent research, public speaking and presentation.

How You Study

Teaching for each module takes place in two-hourly small-group seminars. There are additional twice-yearly MA symposia where you have the opportunity to present papers based on work undertaken in options. You are also encouraged to attend the English and Journalism Seminar series and the 21st Century Research Group, which also involves lecturers and doctoral students.

All students take core modules, English Now 1: Poetry & Drama and English Now 2: Fiction, Form and Genre. Students then choose two options.

The English Now modules run consecutively in Terms 1 and 2, and the two specialist options concurrently with them in sequence from the beginning of Term 1 to the end of Term 2. The dissertation proposal is submitted towards the end of Term 2 and the dissertation itself is submitted at the end of the academic year in September.

Part-time students take the PG Certificate level English Now modules at Level One and the specialist options at Level Two (PG Diploma), followed by the Master’s dissertation in the summer of Level Two.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment involves short essays of 2,500-3,000 words for the core English Now modules; longer project work of 5,000 words for the options; assessed presentations for some of the options, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.


MA Symposia

Students on this course have the opportunity to participate in twice-yearly symposia, where students present papers based on their research to current students and staff. You will have the opportunity to present 20-minute papers in panels in a conference-style setting. This aims to develop your research skills and is designed to prepare you for PhD study as well as other professional work.

Entry Requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

International Students will require the English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read Less