University of Portsmouth

School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies

MA Literature Culture & Identity



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Literature Culture & Identity

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA in Literature, Culture and Identity is a Master's degree examining twentieth and twenty-first century literature in English focusing upon the cultural representation and (de)construction of identity. Key topics include the consideration of ideas of the ‘self/other’; travel and migration; war; postcolonial and national identities; geography and the relationship to physical space; gender and sexuality. The programme focuses upon literary analysis in relation to theories of psychoanalysis, feminism, postcolonialism and postmodernism and the range of material studied includes literature from Britain, North America and the postcolonial English-speaking world, and writing from mainland Europe in translation. The programme is designed to appeal to those who have developed interests in questions of gender, sexuality and ethnicity and who wish to pursue their research of such topics at an advanced level which will prepare them for graduate work in the fields of queer theory, gender studies, and postcolonial literature and theory. More generally, it will enable you to acquire the necessary advanced knowledge and skills which you can use to: * enhance your employability by extending your area of expertise beyond that of your first degree * make yourself stand out in an increasingly competitive job market by acquiring skills which show an ability to research independently and study a contemporary topic at an advanced level * go on to more advanced, original research and doctoral study We also place strong emphasis on the development of research skills and analytical abilities appropriate to this level of study. The course is directly tailored to meet national benchmarks for research training and is therefore ideal if you are thinking about future doctoral-level study, as well as offering a valuable boost to your personal profile if you are an education professional or simply looking to expand your portfolio with a challenging and rewarding advanced qualification. This course is very much informed by current research. Course faculty are members of the Centre for Studies in Literature at the University of Portsmouth.



International Student Requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English - IELTS 7.0 with no component less than 6.5 or equivalent. US students who have received an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth can apply for a Direct Loan through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme. We are an eligible Federal Loan institution - our school code is G21159.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Out State Tuition (per year): 10500 GBP

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