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MA English

Summary 2015/16

  • Combine the study of early modern and/or modern and contemporary literature with modern and contemporary culture, film and history;
  • Benefit from a distinct interdisciplinary curriculum;
  • Study subjects which are not commonly available within a single MA, including historical topics approached from the perspective of literature, history, popular culture and film;
  • Study a programme taught by a supportive team of specialist tutors with interests in literature, popular culture, genre studies, modern history, women’s studies and film.

The MA in English covers literature and popular culture in their historical contexts from the sixteenth century to the present day. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake a comparative study of literature, history and film and develop transferable research skills and methodologies.

The programme will appeal if you are interested in combining the study of ‘serious’ literature with popular writing, women’s literature, or topics, such as Empire, American national identity, the Victorian period, Holocaust or Second World War, approached as interdisciplinary case studies from the perspective of literature, history, popular culture and film. The course has an interdisciplinary focus, allowing you to work across subject boundaries, and provides excellent preparation if you wish to pursue a research-based higher degree, such as a PhD, in the future.

Location: Edge Hill University
UKPASS: P041450
Course Type: Masters Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
1 year: Full Time
2 years: Part Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

To join this programme, a good first degree in a relevant subject is normally required (2.2 or above).

How do I apply?

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English and History


What will I study?

The programme consists of two compulsory modules (20 credits each), four optional modules (20 credits each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credits). You will be guided to a combination of optional modules focusing on early modern and/or modern and contemporary literature, or a combination of literature modules and modules on a historical topic or theme.

If you are interested in literature, the available options cover texts from the sixteenth century to the present day. Themes include gender, popular culture, eighteenth-century poetry, the graphic novel, ‘transgressive’ women’s writing and print culture.

History-related modules focus on themes from the last three centuries, including topics such as Empire, masculinity, the Holocaust and the Second World War, approached as interdisciplinary case studies involving the study of history, literature, culture (especially popular culture) and film.

How will I study?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and guided independent learning. Taught sessions take place between 6pm-9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings. If you are studying full-time you will attend two evenings per week and if you are studying part-time you will attend one evening per week.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a team of specialist tutors who are active researchers and committed teachers with interests in literature, popular culture, genre studies, modern history, women’s studies, history and film.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of assignments which, depending on the modules you choose, may include essays, critical reviews, critical diaries, presentations and research-based projects and a dissertation.

What are my career prospects?

Graduates in the humanities with a higher degree find employment in a wide variety of careers such as teaching, arts organisation and management, the heritage industry, publishing, advertising, journalism, libraries and learning centres, and management / administration.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MA are £4,680 for UK and EU students and £12,000 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2015/16.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are £26 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2015/16.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2015/16 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual's professional and employment experience (also referred to as 'experiential learning').

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact Course Enquiries by emailing or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many postgraduate study fairs taking place across the UK and Ireland.

Still want more?

If you have any questions you would like to ask the programme leader about this course, please contact:

  • Dr Minna Vuohelainen, Department of English and History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP
  • Tel: 01695 584363
  • Email:

Overseas students should visit or email for further information.

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HUM4000 Critical Approaches to Postgraduate Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (20 credits) provides an introduction to key concepts, terms and theories in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

HUM4002 Research Philosophies and Methodologies (20 credits) offers an introduction to key methodologies and skills employed in literary, historical and cultural research.

HUM4003 Dissertation (60 credits) is an opportunity to undertake in-depth and extended study within a chosen specific area.

You will select four of the following modules (subject to availability):

HUM4006 From Female to Postfeminist Gothic (20 credits) charts the movement from the female Gothic's associations with second wave feminism to postfeminism.

HUM4007 Cultures of Anatomy (20 credits) explores the representation of the human body in medical literature, the visual arts and literary texts.

HUM4009 Women and Popular Culture (20 credits) examines the shifting representations of women in American and British popular culture from the 1960s to the present day.

HUM4012 Transgressive Women: Fatales, Grrls and Dangerous Women (20 credits) examines mediated representations of transgressive women, figures both historical and fictional, who have flouted conventions.

HUM4013 Hearts of Darkness: Imagining the Empire (20 credits) is a study, drawing upon postcolonial theory, of how empire has shaped British cultural identity.

HUM4014 Cinema, History and American National Identity (20 credits) studies the construction and affirmation of American national identity as found in filmic representations of the nation's history.

HUM4015 The Victorian City: Image and Reality (20 credits) investigates the relationship between the image and reality of the Victorian city, with a focus on late-Victorian London.

HUM4016 Men and Supermen Masculinities in Twentieth Century Narratives (20 credits) examines a range of twentieth century texts which explore representations of masculinity and male identity in relation to current gender theory.

HUM4017 Remembering the Holocaust: Memory, Identity and Trauma in the Twentieth Century (20 credits) investigates a range of Holocaust memoirs, biographies and fiction. This module explores the constructions of memory and identity following the Second World War.

HUM4018 Popular Culture 1880-1920 (20 credits) studies the emergence of mainstream popular culture in Britain in the period 1880-1920.

HUM4019 Re-making the Nation: Propaganda, Culture and Identity in the Second World War (20 credits) examines the impact of the Second World War on the remodelling of British identity.

HUM4020 Verbal and Visual Landscapes: The Art of Eighteenth Century Poetry (20 credits) draws on recent theories of space, place and landscape to examine the aesthetic nature of landscape and space in a variety of eighteenth century poems.

HUM4021 The Modern Prison (20 credits) provides an interdisciplinary examination of the emergence of the modern prison and its representations in literature and film.

HUM4022 The Making of Liverpool (20 credits) involves an interdisciplinary study of Liverpool’s history and culture before 1900.

HUM4023 Representations of Liverpool (20 credits) involves an interdisciplinary study of Liverpool's history and culture since 1900.

HUM4024 African Americans and U.S. Popular Culture, 1890-1945 (20 credits) explores the contribution of African Americans to American popular culture in the period 1890-1945.

HUM4025 African Americans and U.S. Popular Culture since 1945 (20 credits) explores the contribution of African Americans to American popular culture since 1945.

HUM4026 Film Genre History, Context and Conventions (20 credits) is a genre study of the American musical, exploring the development, conventions and historical background of the genre.

HUM4027 Out of the Gutter Reading the Contemporary Graphic Novel (20 credits) engages you with the graphic novel as a cultural format and introduces you to a range of relevant theoretical skills and methodologies.

HUM4028 Hiroshima and the Popular Imagination (20 credits) explores representations of the dropping of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima across a range of popular cultural forms.

HUM4029 Print and the People, 1850-1880 (20 credits) examines the ways in which periodicals engaged with various audiences in the nineteenth century.

HUM4030 Fictions of Class, 1910-1965 (20 credits) combines Marxist and post-Marxist theory with representations of class in literature from the Edwardian period to the 'Swinging Sixties'.

HUM4031 Literature of Industrialisation (20 credits) investigates the relationship between literature and industrialisation, particularly in the North West.

HUM4032 Writing Contemporary Women (20 credits) combines feminist theory with a range of mainly contemporary women's writing.

HUM4033 Colour and Rhythm Literature, Jazz and Art (20 credits) explores the relationship between poetry, prose, art and jazz in the 1950s and 1960s.

HUM4034 Love Actually? Love, Literature and Popular Culture (20 credits) examines the literary and cinematic representations of romantic and/ or sexual love in works written, or set, in Anglo-American culture from 1800 to now, with dominant focus on the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

HUM4035 Representing Queenship (20 credits) examines the literary, specifically the biographical, constructions of British queenship in two periods the medieval/Early Modern (approx. 1400-1600) and the contemporary (approx. 1900-now).

HUM4036 The Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle in Literature and Art (20 credits) explores and scrutinises the often conflicted relationship between the PRB, their work and its reception. You will also consider the literary circles that both influenced and were influenced by them.

HUM4037 Digital Cultures in Art and Performance (20 credits) reflects on how digital practices represent a decisive shift in how art and performance are encountered and conceived within popular culture.

Please note, optional module selection is subject to module availability and timetabling. Some restrictions on optional module choice may apply.

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