Contemporary Studies (MLitt) 2020 entry
On the MLitt in Contemporary Studies, you will explore 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.
This programme is currently not open for applications. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time; part-time study is not currently offered
- A UK undergraduate degree with upper second-class honours or better or an equivalent international qualification - see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The MLitt in Contemporary Studies welcomes applicants from any disciplinary background. The degree is likely to be of particular interest to those from a background in the arts and humanities.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships. Applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK should normally apply by June.
- CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- personal statement explaining:
- why you have applied for this course
- how it relates to your personal or professional ambitions
- how your academic and professional background show you have the skills needed to work effectively at postgraduate level
- two original signed academic references on headed paper
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring the nature of the contemporary as seen from different disciplinary perspectives.
Being Contemporary: Knowledge, Methodology, Skills 1: explores how disciplines define what is contemporary; a short placement gives insights to contemporary challenges.
Being Contemporary: Knowledge, Methodology, Skills 2: building on Semester 1, students explore further disciplinary perspectives and complete a further short placement.
Alongside the compulsory modules, you will complete one or two optional modules in each semester. Optional modules allow you to shape the degree around your own personal and professional interests.
Optional modules are expected to be offered in the following areas:
- gender studies
- digital thinking
- global social and political theory
- comparative literature.
Optional modules in other areas may be possible subject to availability and agreement.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and may require a minimum number of students to be offered (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final module of the MLitt is the research project. The project takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore a contemporary studies topic in depth. The project is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to plan and manage research work and to apply appropriate research techniques. It provides excellent preparation for careers requiring research skills, whether in academia or other contexts.
You can choose to present your research project as one of the following:
- a written dissertation that emphasises your ability to plan and execute academically rigorous research
- a multi-media portfolio that emphasises your ability to present contemporary studies concepts in exciting and engaging ways.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.