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MALiterature and Film

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This interdisciplinary programme explores key approaches to film and contemporary literature, from the late nineteenth century to the present day, with an emphasis on their critical, ideological and aesthetic practices. The combination of core and optional modules provides you with a broad knowledge base whilst affording you the flexibility to specialise in areas that interest you the most, so you have freedom to work more on literature or film or equally on both.

Programme structure

You will gain an understanding of film and literature in their cultural and historical contexts, and as socio-cultural processes engaging with issues of representation, production and consumption.

The programme includes four core modules (full descriptions below):

Contemporary Literary Cultures: Politics Contemporary Literary Cultures: Performance Film, Theory, Politics Research Skills and Methods

You will also take two optional modules – one of which must be on Film – from a selection which includes:

Caribbean Fiction
Cold War Film
Contemporary American and European Cinema: Dialogues and Discourses
Narrative Analysis in Film and Fiction
Postcolonial Film

You will complete the programme with an independently researched 15,000-word dissertation on literature or film or a combination of the two. You have the opportunity to draw on a wide range of expertise, as research specialisms among our staff bring a broad range of aesthetic, theoretical and historical approaches to the study of film, literature, spectatorship and reading.

Career opportunities

Postgraduates in the Department of Film and Creative Writing develop a range of skills including: the ability to lead and participate in discussions; critical thinking, and an appreciation of different theoretical contexts; the ability to develop opinions and new ideas; and an aptitude for thinking and working creatively with others. Such skills can be used in a variety of occupations.

In recent year postgraduates have made their mark in a variety of careers – for example, in the media, in advertising, teaching, performing arts and in the heritage and cultural sectors.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States