The MLitt in Contemporary Studies explores the nature and meaning of “the contemporary”. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of how the contemporary is defined and communicated and complete placements giving you a wider perspective on contemporary challenges and practices.
- Aimed at students who want to deepen their understanding of the contemporary, including those who may want to continue to a doctoral degree.
- Degree structure and content helps students with limited direct subject experience to develop advanced knowledge and understanding.
- Learn applied research skills including the evaluation of primary source materials and secondary literature, comparative analysis techniques, and the presentation of academic concepts to mixed audiences.
- Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
- Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.
The MLitt in Contemporary Studies is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. What might a specialist in literature, a computer scientist, and a physicist have to say about climate change? How might a linguist, a social anthropologist, and a biologist approach concepts of time in the 21st century? The MLitt in Contemporary Studies considers how issues deemed to be contemporary are approached differently by different academic disciplines as well as by those outside academia. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of the contemporary and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
The core modules bring together subject experts from across the University, providing different disciplinary perspectives on key topics. The interdisciplinary approach means that you will think beyond the concepts, theories, and methodologies of any single academic discipline. You will learn how to challenge disciplinary stereotypes and start to develop a common lexicon that bridges disciplinary divides. Whatever your disciplinary background, the MLitt in Contemporary Studies will help you to see it in a new light.
You will also complete two short placements to give you experience of how the contemporary is interpreted and articulated in a practical context. Placements are usually hosted in a local cultural centre – such as a museum or gallery – and allow you to engage with practitioners and build on your academic learning.
The degree will be of particular interest if you intend to continue to doctoral research as it provides a broad-based programme of study culminating in a supervised research project.
The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.
The MLitt in Contemporary Studies is a one year full-time degree. You will complete one compulsory module in Semester 1 (September to December) and one compulsory module in Semester 2 (January to May). You will complete one or two optional modules in each semester.
You will use the period from June to August to complete a supervised research project.
The MLitt degree involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical sessions.
Most modules are assessed through coursework including essays, reflective assignments, and presentations.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.