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MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought

University of Sussex

Explore how literature has shaped and been shaped by modern and contemporary culture.

You have the opportunity to choose from modules reflecting on:

  • modernism and postmodernism
  • theory and practice
  • contemporary history and archives
  • canonicity and avant-gardism
  • aesthetic production
  • globalisation
  • identity politics (sexuality, gender, race, class)
  • conflict (terrorism, war).

English at Sussex enjoys a longstanding, illustrious reputation in modernist and contemporary studies. This MA is associated with the Centre for Modernist Studies, which has been running for over 15 years. Our faculty’s research is resonant, original, diverse and internationalist. These are qualities we prioritise in our teaching.


During your Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought MA your academic and research abilities improve as you become confident in written communication, independent thought and critical assessment. Your self-awareness grows, and you also develop practical skills in teamwork, flexibility and problem-solving.

A number of our graduates go on to further study and careers in academia.

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1 year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time