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University College Dublin: Literature & Culture

Institution University College Dublin View institution profile
Department UCD School of English, Drama and Film
Telephone +353 1 716 8500
Study type Taught


The MA in Literature & Culture is our flagship MA programme in English-language literature and culture. Students work with leading international scholars and world-class teachers, who have expertise in a wide range of areas, from the literature of the Middle Ages to the modern and contemporary. The programme provides an intensive combination of taught courses and supervised research, designed to develop students’ skills and confidence as scholars and critics of literature and its contexts. Current courses include seminars in Medieval and Renaissance LIterature, 18th and 19th-Century literature and culture, Contemporary American Poetics, Modernism, World Literature, Social Network Analysis, and Research Methods.

The supervised dissertation gives you the unique opportunity to work closely on a topic of your choosing with published experts in your field of interest. All students take the core module Research Methods, and can choose other modules in a variety of areas, including British, American and World Literature.
Recent courses have included:

Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century

American Modernism at Home

Re-reading the Renaissance

American Lyric: Document and Memoir

Memory Cultures

Feeling Modern: Thinking and Being in 18th and 19th-Century Britain

Social Network Analysis and Fiction

World-Systems, World-Literature: Mapping the Planet

Contemporary U.S. Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest

Concepts of Modernity

Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers. Some of our alumni opt to stay on for doctoral work with a view to career in academia. Most have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, including teaching, journalism, broadcasting, publishing, advertising, the Civil Service, libraries and archives, public relations, creative industries, cultural heritage, arts administration, banking, business and NGO and advocacy work.


Why UCD?

University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2023 QS World University Rankings, UCD was named 181 in the world. 

UCD, Ireland’s Global University, is Ireland’s largest university. Established in 1854, the university has a student body of over 38,000 students with more than 9,500 international students drawn from 152 countries. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 12,000 graduate students; almost a quarter of whom are graduate research students.

Students are attracted to UCD by the strength of its teaching and …

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