About This Course
English - Modernities: Literature, Theory and Culture from the Romantics to the Present
1 year Full-time
EU Fees 2020
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2020
Honours Primary degree result of 2H1 level or higher or equivalent qualification in English or a cognate subject. See Requirements for full details.
Closed for applications 2020-21
Non-EU Closing Date
28 September 2020
This MA introduces students to the advanced study of American and British literature and other cultural forms, from the eighteenth century to the present day, as well as to a selection of European and American theoretical works pertaining to the concept of ‘modernity’. Under the guidance of leading scholars in their fields, students will encounter some of the most influential contemporary critical and theoretical models currently being applied to the notions of modernity and modernisation, and apply the ideas raised by these theories to a rich variety of works from the Romantic, Victorian, and modernist periods, and the later twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Texts studied range from those of canonical Romantics, including P.B. and Mary Shelley, major Victorian authors such as Charles Dickens, the influential modernists Ezra Pound and Virginia Woolf, to innovative recent and contemporary poets, novelists, dramatists, and filmmakers. Among theorists of modernity, students can expect to explore the thought of significant nineteenth-century thinkers, including Carlyle, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, and to examine twentieth/twenty-first-century cultural theory in such fields as deconstruction, ecofeminism, and transhumanism. The encounter with these thinkers and movements will aid the student in debating and developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the broader culture in this era.
The MA in English (Modernities) consists of two parts: a taught course and a dissertation.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
Part I (50 credits)
- EN6009 Contemporary Literary Research: Skills, Methods and Strategies (10 credits)
- EN6028 Theories of Modernity (10 credits)
30 credits from:
- EN6025 Literary and Cultural Modernisms (10 credits)
- EN6026 Postmodernism (10 credits)
- EN6027 Romanticism and Modernity (10 credits)
- EN6020 Victorian Modernities (10 credits)
Part II (40 credits)
- EN6017 Dissertation in English (40 credits).
Note: Subject to the approval of the MA programme coordinators, students may substitute one 10-credit module with one of the following 10-credit modules: EN6048, EN6049, EN6050, EN6051, EN6052, EN6053, EN6054, EN6063. FX6010.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
The course involves a combination of seminars, consultation, presentations and directed study as well as associated reading. You will carry out independent research for your dissertation in close consultation with your supervisor.
Continuous assessment includes written assignments, in-class exercises, seminar participation, research presentation, and online work.
The members of academic staff teaching on this course are actively engaged in research and have national and international reputations in a range of relevant fields. Details of their areas of expertise and a list of publications can be accessed here:
Professor Graham Allen (literary and cultural theory and Romanticism)
Professor Alex Davis (literary modernism, twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish, British, and American poetry)
Dr Anne Etienne (twentieth-century British drama and theatre censorship)
Dr Alan Gibbs (American literature, trauma narratives, and narrative theory)
Professor Lee Jenkins (American Literature, American Studies and transnationalism, literary modernism, Caribbean poetry, and contemporary black British poetry)
Dr Maureen O’Connor (Irish women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century, the dandy, Ireland and ecocriticism/ecofeminism)
Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir (Irish women's writing, Irish and British eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writing, the novel in Ireland, post-colonial writing and children’s literature)
Dr. Joanna Hofer-Robinson (Dickens and Victoria Literature)
Click HERE for further details on the Staff Research Profiles
Why Choose This Course
This course is the only MA in English offered by an Irish university that provides an advanced and coherent introduction to a selection of literary, theoretical, and other cultural works from the late eighteenth century to the present day.
Skills and Careers Information
This course will provide you with an advanced understanding of an important period in literary and cultural history and knowledge of the theoretical tools required fully to understand this period. It will also equip you with a range of research skills designed to prepare you to present academic research in a variety of forms to a professional standard.
To be considered for admission to an MA programme within the School of English, an applicant will normally possess a primary degree result of Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) level or higher or equivalent qualification in English or a cognate subject. All candidates must satisfy a Selection Committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference.
For North American students a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 is expected.
The selection committee for the MA in the Department of English, University College Cork also attaches strong importance to the additional supplementary online questions and the online 500 word personal statement for the MA in English (Modernities: Literature, Theory and Culture from the Romantics to the Present): CKE29AdditionalQuestions
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,170.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:CKE29AdditionalQuestions (109kB) (109kB)
Applicants are encouraged to apply early for an early decision.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June