Our modules are delivered over one year full time or two years part time. This content is indicative and subject to alteration.
In this module you will
· explore ideas about the ways in which literary texts have developed in tandem with technologies related to text in a broad sense.
· investigate the ways in which digital and other technologies have impacted on literary forms and modes of production and reception, as well as on what we understand as 'text', 'literature' and 'narrative'.
· analyse a range of texts and develop critical and interpretative skills. This range may include print books, digitised narratives, and other text and narrative forms (such as mass and social media).
Contesting Identities: Gender and Sexuality in Literature
In this module you will
· examine the shifting paradigms of gender and sexual identities from the late 19th century to the present, with reference to social, cultural and political changes, through a range of texts.
· become conversant with theoretical frameworks relevant to gender and sexuality.
· engage with debates, theories and politics relevant to the topics of gender and sexual identities.
"Juvenile Trash": Rethinking Genre Fiction
In this module you will evaluate the aesthetics and politics of genre fiction. You will critically analyse, and/or write within, a selection of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, crime fiction, historical fiction, romance, and children's literature. You will engage with recent scholarship on these genres also.
Space, Environment and Modernity
In this module you will
· examine how literature reflects and shapes the way we see the landscape and the environment; Consider literature's responsibility for the production of concepts of the countryside and the city from the early nineteenth century to the contemporary
· engage with pre- and post-1900 literary works that cover a broad historical range of spaces and landscapes;
· examine the interrelation of aesthetic, cultural and social practices in representations of the landscape and the environment;
· analyse intellectual, cultural, historical and sociological pressures underlying the various responses to the landscape and the environment.
The Dissertation module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of a specialised topic in their chosen discipline area within the contexts of creative writing.
Learning & Teaching
Most modules are taught through group workshops, seminars and online delivery. Some modules will also include individual tutorials and the dissertation module is delivered entirely through one-to-one tutorials with your supervisor.
In workshops and seminars full use is made of University technology and course materials will be delivered and stored through our Virtual Learning Environment. It will be possible for you to access the Virtual Learning Environment remotely and you will be encouraged to do so.
All modules are 30 credits apart from the dissertation which is worth 60 credits.
In a 30-credit module you will receive 33 hours of timetabled teaching and you will be expected to conduct 267 hours of independent study. The 60-credit dissertation is mainly conducted with independent study. You will receive 6 hours of tutorial supervision (this includes supervisors looking over your work) and you will be expected to conduct 594 hours of independent study.
Each student is appointed a personal tutor who will be available for academic advice, pastoral support and personal development planning. Tutors also have weekly office hours.
A critical but supportive environment is achieved through a combination of workshops, research seminars and e-learning. You will be introduced to the practicalities of preparing and submitting your work for possible publication.
We have a variety of approaches to assessment across the programme depending upon the module.
In some modules ("Juvenile Trash": Rethinking Genre Fiction) you can choose your method of assessment (creative portfolio and critical reflection, or essay, for example). In other modules (Textual Technologies) you will be asked to produce an essay.
Modules also make use of Virtual Learning Environments for assessments and you may be asked to view material online and then to respond to it (Literary and Critical Arts Research Methods).
You will receive tutor support in class and through our VLE in order to prepare you for each assessment point. We also have library facilities online and at campus.
Employability & Careers
The MA is also a great choice for those wishing to enhance their employment and professional opportunities in the arts or heritage sectors. The programme is suitable for those who are teachers of English Literature at 'A' Level or GCSE and would like to enhance their expertise for professional development purposes.
The course also prepares you for further study at PhD level at Cardiff Metropolitan University and beyond.
This degree will encourage you to develop the valuable transferable skills of autonomy, effective collaboration, self-direction, organisation, initiative and adaptability that are highly regarded in the workplace. A Master's degree in English Literature may lead to a variety of careers which include the particularly relevant areas of teaching, research, journalism, public relations, the Civil Service, publishing, the media, and employment in the public or voluntary sectors.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should usually have a first or upper second-class honours
degree, in a relevant subject. Students that meet the criteria will be invited
Application form, CV, submission of a writing portfolio containing an example of your critical writing (such as an undergraduate essay) and interview (the interview can be conducted via Skype or telephone).
whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of
fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full
details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please
visit the International pages on the website.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
- If you wish, you can simply take individual modules (perhaps just one, or more, depending on your interest)
- If you wish to go further, you might choose to complete a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, two modules)
- Further still, you might wish to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, four modules)
- Or you might wish to go for a Master's Degree, submitting a dissertation after completing the six taught modules. It's completely up to you.
All options are taught either full or part time. All teaching is done in the evening, full time two evenings a week, part time just one evening a week.
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits
Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.