English Literature MA - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MA English Literature

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip English Literature
PGCert English Literature

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PPG63001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PPG63002 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - School of Literature and Languages

Programme Leader

THOMPSON Carl (Lit & Langs)

Date of production/revision of spec

01/03/2024

Educational aims of the programme

  • -This programme aims to: equip students to recognise, explain, and appraise the main principles and challenges of literary studies in the 21st century
  • enable students to recognise and evaluate different contemporary approaches to literary studies, and to reflect upon, distil, modify and innovate these diverse methodologies in their own critical practice
  • enable students to identify and appraise the connections between literature, literary studies and the wider global, environmental and social concerns of the 21st century
  • enable students to formulate and address innovative research questions relating to chosen fields of study within literary studies.
  • develop students' research skills for retrieving information crucial for understanding the processes, contexts and impacts of textual production, reception and influence
  • enable students to present and articulate complex, abstract ideas and concepts, verbally and in writing, in a clear and appropriate fashion
  • prepare graduates to undertake a PhD programme in the relevant field
  • provide students with transferable skills (in critical thinking, analysis, humanist reasoning, textual critique and communication) attractive to a wide range of employers, from the creative and culture industries to marketing and advertising to tourism, heritage and leisure to the civil service and public/private partnerships

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
On completion of the programme students will have: the ability to recognise, explain, and appraise the main principles and challenges of literary studies in the 21st century KC PGCert, PGDip, MA
the ability to recognise and evaluate different contemporary approaches to literary studies, and to reflect upon, distil, modify and innovate these diverse methodologies in their own critical practice KC PGCert, PGDip, MA
the ability to identify and appraise the connections between literature, literary studies and the wider global, environmental and social concerns of the 21st century KC PGCert, PGDip, MA
the ability to formulate and address innovative research questions relating to chosen fields of study within literary studies KCT PGCert, PGDip, MA
the ability to retrieve through research information crucial for understanding the processes, contexts and impacts of textual production, reception and influence CPT PGCert, PGDip, MA
the ability to present and articulate complex, abstract ideas and concepts, verbally and in writing, in a clear and appropriate fashion CPT PGDip
created and carried out a research project of significant complexity and reflected upon the knowledge gained and incorporate this into independent learning strategies KCPT MA

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module Selection for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Students choose five of the listed optional modules (two in Semester 1 and three in Semester 2). They also have two compulsory modules in Semester 1 and one compulsory module in Semester 2 to complete.

Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module Selection for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Over the course of the two-year Part-Time programme, students choose five of the listed optional modules. By the end of Semester 2, Year 2 students must have completed all three compulsory modules alongside five optional modules. It does not matter which year (or mix of years) the compulsory modules are taken in as long as by the end of Semester 2, Year 2 all three compulsory modules have been completed.

Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module Selection for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Over the course of the two-year Part-Time programme, students choose five of the listed optional modules. By the end of Semester 2, Year 2 students must have completed all three compulsory modules alongside five optional modules. It does not matter which year (or mix of years) the compulsory modules are taken in as long as by the end of Semester 2, Year 2 all three compulsory modules have been completed.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.