MA Literature & Culture 12 months Postgraduate Program By University College Dublin |Top Universities
Program Duration

12 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

22,600 EURTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Main Subject Area

Area StudiesMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Area Studies

Degree

MA

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

The MA in Literature & Culture is our flagship MA programme in English-language literature and culture. Students work with leading international scholars and world-class teachers, who have expertise in a wide range of areas, from the literature of the Middle Ages to the modern and contemporary. The programme provides an intensive combination of taught courses and supervised research, designed to develop students’ skills and confidence as scholars and critics of literature and its contexts. Current courses include seminars in Medieval and Renaissance LIterature, 18th and 19th-Century literature and culture, Contemporary American Poetics, Modernism, World Literature, Social Network Analysis, and Research Methods. 


The supervised dissertation gives you the unique opportunity to work closely on a topic of your choosing with published experts in your field of interest. All students take the core module Research Methods, and can choose other modules in a variety of areas, including British, American and World Literature.   Recent courses have included:

  • Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century
  • American Modernism at Home
  • Re-reading the Renaissance
  • American Lyric: Document and Memoir
  • Memory Cultures
  • Feeling Modern: Thinking and Being in 18th and 19th-Century Britain
  • Social Network Analysis and Fiction
  • World-Systems, World-Literature: Mapping the Planet
  • Contemporary U.S. Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest
  • Concepts of Modernity

Program overview

Main Subject

Area Studies

Degree

MA

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

The MA in Literature & Culture is our flagship MA programme in English-language literature and culture. Students work with leading international scholars and world-class teachers, who have expertise in a wide range of areas, from the literature of the Middle Ages to the modern and contemporary. The programme provides an intensive combination of taught courses and supervised research, designed to develop students’ skills and confidence as scholars and critics of literature and its contexts. Current courses include seminars in Medieval and Renaissance LIterature, 18th and 19th-Century literature and culture, Contemporary American Poetics, Modernism, World Literature, Social Network Analysis, and Research Methods. 


The supervised dissertation gives you the unique opportunity to work closely on a topic of your choosing with published experts in your field of interest. All students take the core module Research Methods, and can choose other modules in a variety of areas, including British, American and World Literature.   Recent courses have included:

  • Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century
  • American Modernism at Home
  • Re-reading the Renaissance
  • American Lyric: Document and Memoir
  • Memory Cultures
  • Feeling Modern: Thinking and Being in 18th and 19th-Century Britain
  • Social Network Analysis and Fiction
  • World-Systems, World-Literature: Mapping the Planet
  • Contemporary U.S. Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest
  • Concepts of Modernity

Admission requirements

Undergraduate

3.08+
7+
100+
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.
Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information: https://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/int%20pmp/
*equivalencies will vary depending on grade scale of award presented 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.
1 Year
Sep
  • Candidates are required to submit references or letter(s) of recommendation for acceptance
  • Candidates are required to submit an essay(s) for acceptance

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

9,100 EUR
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International Students

22,600 EUR
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