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English Studies: Modern and Contemporary Literature is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature is a nine-month course that runs from October to June. This exciting MPhil explores the rich array of literature in English from 1830 to the present and encourages students to pay particular attention to the relationship of literary texts and their historical and intellectual contexts.

The course structure is designed to enable flexibility in terms of period and specialism: students can choose to concentrate on nineteenth- or twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature or take a selection of seminars in both. The flexible framework allows students to build a programme of specialised study in line with their own particular research interests. Guidance on developing the course of study will be given by a designated Faculty member who will also act each term as the dissertation supervisor.

Learning Outcomes

Having completed the MPhil, students should have:

  1. developed a deeper knowledge of literature written between 1830 and the present day in general, and their chosen area of research in particular;
  2. developed an understanding of critical and theoretical debates which enable the evaluation of current research in their dissertation field;
  3. developed a sophisticated understanding of how literary form engages with the history between 1830 and the present; and
  4. demonstrated independent judgment based on their own research.


MPhil students may apply to continue to a PhD in English; the minimum academic condition for continuation is a pass in the MPhil course. Other conditions may be imposed.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of English

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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