English and American Literature (MA)

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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 Months

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full-time

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About English and American Literature at University of Kent

Location: Paris

Studying in Paris gives you the opportunity to augment your study with visits to some of the places that have inspired many of the greatest authors of the last several hundred years. You can also make use of the research resources and archives that are only available in Paris to develop your dissertation over the summer term.

You can choose to begin your studies in September or January and can take a standard (90 ECTS) or an extended (120 ECTS) version of the programme. Part-time study is only available for EU/EEA passport holders, and for those who have the right to remain in France for the duration of their degree.

Studying at the Paris School of Arts and Culture

You spend the entire year at Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture where you study at the Columbia Global Center (known as Reid Hall), which is located in a historic corner of Montparnasse in the heart of Paris. At this specialist, postgraduate centre, we offer interdisciplinary, flexible programmes, taught in English, which take full advantage of all the cultural resources Paris offers. Study trips to the city’s museums, art exhibitions, archives, cinemas and architectural riches are an integral part of your studies.

The interdisciplinary nature of the School means you can choose modules from outside your subject area, broadening your view of your subject. As part of our international community of students and staff, you can take part in regular seminars and talks, write for the student-run literary magazine or help to organise our annual student conference.

The programme can also be studied in Canterbury only or with the year shared between Canterbury and Paris.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • authors and texts predominantly in British, American and Postcolonial literature
  • the principal literary genres of prose, poetry, drama and of other kinds of writing and communication
  • the cultural and historical contexts in which literature is written, published and read, with specific focus on Paris
  • inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to the advanced study of literature.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • the application of the skills needed for advanced academic study and enquiry
  • the evaluation of research findings
  • the ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice
  • the ability to make discriminations and selections of relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge
  • the exercise of problem-solving skills.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • the close critical analysis of literary texts
  • the informed critical understanding of the variety of critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literature
  • the ability to articulate knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories relating to advanced English studies.
  • sensitivity to generic conventions in the study of literature.
  • appropriate scholarly practice in the presentation of formal written work, in particular in bibliographic and annotational practices.

Transferable skills

You will gain:

  • developed powers of communication and the capacity to argue a point of view, orally and in written form, with clarity, organisation and cogency
  • the ability to assimilate and  organise substantial quantities of complex information.
  • competence in the planning and execution of essays and project-work
  • the capacity for independent thought, reasoned judgement, and self-criticism.
  • enhanced skills in collaborative intellectual work
  • research skills, including scholarly information retrieval skills, word processing and accessing of electronic data
  • adaptation skills: Learn to work in different environments by adapting to the educational, cultural and professional environments of France

This programme aims to:

  • extend and deepen through coursework and research the students’ understanding of a body of literatures in English, with special emphasis on modern and postcolonial literatures, and on literary and critical theory 
  • develop knowledge and understanding of relevant aspects of contemporary Paris and the cultural history of the city as reflected in modern European, English and American literatures and other artistic media
  • provide students with a taught foundation for subsequent postgraduate research
  • enable students to develop an historical awareness of literary traditions particularly those that have been located in, or in some other way focussed on, Paris
  • Introduce students to bibliographic method and scholarship and to foster in them the research methods that facilitate advanced literary study
  • provide a basis in knowledge and skills for those intending to teach English and American literature, especially in higher education
  • develop the understanding and critical appreciation of the expressive resources of language
  • offer opportunities for students to develop their potential for creative writing (where such a module is taken)
  • offer scope for the study of literature within an interdisciplinary context, notably that provided by history
  • provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication and research skills and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector
  • provide flexibility and a multidisciplinary approach
  • provide teaching informed by research and scholarship
  • meet the lifelong needs of students from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • support national and regional economic success
  • build on close ties within Europe and elsewhere, reflecting Kent’s position as the UK European University
  • produce graduates of value to the region and nationally, in possession of key knowledge and skills, with the capacity to learn
  • prepare students for employment or further study
  • provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, based within a research-led framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds provide high quality teaching in supportive environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff.

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements

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