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MA English & Literary Media

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

MA English & Literary Media is a contemporary, modern English degree that emphasises the way that media and digital technology influence how we understand and engage with literature, literary texts and narrative. As a graduate of this course you’ll be well equipped with the knowledge to enter a range of employment areas such as publishing, digital marketing, features, copywriting, brand management and book production. 

This unique course de-privileges the idea of the printed text and considers it alongside the kinds of narrative that exist in other media, exploring how developments in media and technology offer interactive forms of storytelling for authors and communication practitioners. 

  • Learn to critically evaluate a variety of texts drawn from film, television, the internet, literature and popular culture, and to relate those texts to the wider fields of which they are a part
  • Consider the ways in which both contemporary and historical literary texts have been adapted for different mediums and how paratext and extra-textual materials contribute to audience expectations and experiences
  • Explore definitions of free speech, freedom of expression, censorship and public interest in the context of public cultural controversies
  • Develop the skills to think rigorously, critically, analytically and imaginatively, applying knowledge to practical situations  
  • Enhance your career prospects by undertaking an optional minimum 4-week professional placement 
  • Learn from leading national and international scholars in the fields of modern and contemporary literature, media studies, cultural studies and new media writing
  • Enter BU's annual international creative writing competitions: The Fresher Writing Prize for emerging voices in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, and the New Media Writing Prize for stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms and digital media.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2021, September 2021, January 2022, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time, with or without optional placement. 16 months or 20 months part-time with optional placement September start. 16 months or 20 months full-time with optional placement. 28 months part-time with or without optional placement January start

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll needIELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading. For more information see our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

The following units will be studied over three semesters for the one year full-time option, or over four semesters spread over two years for the part-time option.

Download the programme specification (pdf 348kb)

Your application

Entry requirements

Careers

This course enables students to combine the skills of literary analysis developed during an undergraduate degree with a series of new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of English in a range of different media.

All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

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What our students say

Jaime Gorman

The faculty of my programme are both dedicated and inspiring. They work hard to convey their knowledge and skills and expect the same dedication from us to absorb it.

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Dr Hywel Dix

We developed this MA as our students wanted to be able to carry on their studies and follow the distinctive approach we take to studying English here.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.