Literature & Culture
MA Literature & Culture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This MA programme provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and analysis of English-language literature and culture, with specialised pathways in American Literature; Gender, Sexuality & Culture; Medieval Literature & Culture; Modern & Contemporary Literature; and Renaissance Literature & Culture.
This MA provides an intensive combination of taught course units and supervised research to develop our students' skills and confidence as scholars and critics of literature and its contexts. Our chief aim is to enable our students to develop as scholars, researchers, writers and critics in their chosen specialism, equipped with a range of critical skills and methodologies for understanding and analysing literature and culture across multiple historical, social and intellectual contexts.
-Choose from a wide range of specialised modules and pathways.
-Benefit from expert tuition in a supportive and open learning environment.
-Develop your own research topic with one-to-one supervision from a member of our world-class staff.
-Be part of a School with a long tradition of excellence and impact in literature that hosts writers-in-residence of international renown.
-Be part of the School's vibrant and welcoming postgraduate community, with weekly School research seminars, an active, dynamic English Graduate Society, and regular conferences, symposia and other events that our MA students are encouraged to get involved in.
Further information on the MA in Literature & Culture is available on the UCD School of English, Drama & Film website: http://www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/postgraduate/literatureandculture/
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
This programme is of interest to anyone who has a passion for literature and cultural production in English. It will suit those who want to put a 'capstone' on their BA work, but also those who are considering a PhD.
Vision and Values Statement
The MA in Literature & Culture provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of English-language literature and its contexts. This MA provides an intensive combination of taught course units and supervised research to develop our students' skills and confidence as scholars and critics of literature and its contexts. Our chief aim is to enable our students to develop as scholars, researchers, writers and critics in their chosen specialism, equipped with a range of critical skills and methodologies for understanding and analysing literature and culture across multiple historical, social and intellectual contexts. On this MA students are also encouraged to engage critically with key issues and debates in relation to gender, race, class, sexuality and alterity across diverse historical, cultural and geopolitical contexts. Our programme values informed analysis, rigorous research, and methodological innovation. Our teaching practice encourages engagement with existing knowledge and research combined with an openness to new perspectives and self-reflective, socially and politically engaged critical practice. We foster and model these values in seminars and individual supervisions that prioritise challenging, high level discussion and debate within a mutually supportive and respectful environment.
On this MA, students choose one of our five specialised MA pathways, all drawing on the extensive, internationally recognised expertise of our academic staff: American Literature; Gender, Sexuality & Culture; Medieval Literature & Culture; Modern & Contemporary Literature; and Renaissance Literature & Culture.
• Demonstrate their facility as readers, thinkers and writers, with advanced skills in detailed textual analysis and close reading
• Demonstrate a developed awareness of historical contexts, theoretical positions and the range of literary and/or cultural production appropriate to their chosen specialization
• Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of literary and cultural analysis, including methodology, in their chosen disciplines and fields
• Make connections across different time periods and cultures, and identify key aesthetic/cultural/social movements in their chosen specialization
• Articulate their knowledge, arguments and ideas clearly and effectively through essays, presentations and proposals
• Demonstrate mastery of advanced techniques in the use of archival and digital resources
• Be effective independent researchers, who can identify a viable research topic and develop this into a research project
An honours undergraduate degree in English or in another cognate subject (NFQ Level 8) with a 2.1 classification (Second Class Honours, Grade One) or equivalent* is normally required. A sample of written work of c.3000 words and two academic references are also required. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
*equivalencies will vary depending on grade scale of award resented but will generally require a grade average of B or a GPA no less than 3.08;
*However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and in certain exceptional cases an award at a lower level or a 2.2 classification may be considered.
Students on this programme take two core modules, Literary Research Methods' and the MA Dissertation module, as well as four taught modules from their chosen specialist strand, choosing from a range of core and option modules.
Stage 1 - Core
Dissertation: MA Lit & Culture
Introduction to Literary Research Methods 1
Introduction to Literary Research Methods 2
Stage 1 - Option
Introduction to Palaeography: Medieval and Early Modern Scripts
Introduction to Early Irish I
Writing Conflict in Early Modern Ireland
Concepts of Modernity: Histories, Theories, Texts
Outside the Lines: Nineteenth-Century American Writing, Canonicty & Power
American Theatre: Structures & Strategies
Gender and Sexuality in Theory and Representation
Old English A(i): Unlocking the Word Hoard
Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century
Expressions of Modernity
Contemporary US Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest
American Lyric: Document and Memoir
Social Network Analysis & Fict
Queer Frictions: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature & Culture
Medival Manuscript Fragments
Masculinities, Gender and Equality
Visualising Ireland: Negotiating Contemporary Irish Cinema
Chick Flicks: Women and Hollywood Storytelling
Approaches to the Middle Ages
Approaches to the MiddleAges II
Gender and Globalisation
Gender, Inequality and Public Policy
Space, Place and Gender: Interrogating feminist geographies
Gender War and Violence
Reproductive Justice and Sexua
1 Years Full Time, 2 Years Part Time
MA Literature & Culture (Z251) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200
MA Literature & Culture (Z252) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4235
nonEU fee per year - € 9600
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
Each year the School of English, Drama and Film offers a number of competitive tuition bursaries of 1,000 euro. Applicants with an offer of a place on one of the School's MA programmes are eligible to apply.
Next Intake: 2019/2020 September
Post Course Info
Careers & Employability
Some of our graduates opt to stay on for doctoral work with a view to career in academia. Most have gone on to work in a wide range of professions, including teaching, journalism, broadcasting, publishing, advertising, the Civil Service, libraries and archives, public relations, creative industries, cultural heritage, arts administration, banking, business and NGO and advocacy work.