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Literature in the Academic and Cultural World - single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - English and Creative Writing

Start Date(s): January


11 weeks - January to May

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260

In Brief:

  • Guest speakers from across Manchester’s arts and culture scene
  • By helping to organise the module’s final event, the MA Day, you will get valuable event organisation skills
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

This module explores the ways in which literature and writing about literature feature in academic and cultural worlds. The first day-long session teaches students how to maximise their potential as researchers in academia, considering such topics as how to make use of library and archival resources, how to identify a research project, oral presentations skills, and applying for further academic studies. The second day considers the ways in which writing and research on literature as well as literary writing itself can be disseminated in the wider cultural world. We will look at such topics as literary events and festivals, arts organisations, arts marketing, networking, publishing online and in print, fundraising and sponsorship. Students develop an independent research project in close consultation with a supervisor from among the academic staff and organise the final event of the module, the MA day where all participants deliver oral presentations

This course can be studied alone or as part of the MA Creative Writing or 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

Additional costs

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


The module is taught in block release, with three day-long sessions over the semester. These are supplemented by one-to-one tutorials with academic staff.


Oral presentation (20%), Independent research project, 5,500 words, but can vary (80%)


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
  • PhD in Creative Writing

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