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Anthony Burgess and his Contemporaries - single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - English and Creative Writing

Start Date(s): January


11 weeks

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • The module is taught in collaboration with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in their attractive city-centre building
  • You will get direct access to the Burgess archives
  • You will see British writing of the 1960s and 70s in an entirely new light
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

In this module you will study Burgess as a satirist, novelist and critic in light of the writing of his contemporaries such as Chinua Achebe, Alasdair Gray, B.S. Johnson, V.S. Naipaul, and Muriel Spark. The module will deepen your acquaintance with Burgess as a major 20th century author, but also extend and develop your understanding of a whole range of trends in modern fiction which still influence and inform the present day state of the art. The module is supported by the IABF, where many of the classes are taught, and you will have the opportunity to make use of the Burgess archive as part of your work on the module.

This course can be studied alone or as part of the MA Literature, Culture and Modernity.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree in English, Creative Writing or a related Arts subject will be required. An applicant with a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) may begin as a PgDip student. If the student passes all modules, s/he may progress to writing the dissertation to obtain the MA.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English – IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 5.5) or an equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test score.

Suitable For

This course is for you if you are interested in literature, cultural texts, theory or the complex cultures of modernity. You will be studying with other students who are enthusiastic about the field and who want to develop their analytical and conceptual thinking skills. You might be looking for an extra qualification to give you an advantage in the job market, or be looking to move towards PhD study after the MA, or you might be a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge of recent trends in literary study.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Teaching takes place in weekly, two-hour sessions, which are a mix of short lectures, seminar discussion and short unassessed student presentations. Personal supervision is provided throughout the module and in support of essay writing


  • Essay 1, 3,500 words (50%)
  • Essay 2, 3,500 words (50%)


This module will suit you if you want to either progress in a career you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.

Graduates from this course have progressed onto a number of careers within the arts, museums, libraries, education and others have progressed to PhD study. Graduates have gone on to work for companies including Hello Magazine, the University of Salford, local museums, secondary schools and further education, and to obtain competitive scholarships for PhD study.

Further Study

PhD in English Literature


Part of the module is taught at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation near Oxford Road Station in Manchester city centre.

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