University of Nottingham Malaysia

English Language and Literature MA


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Qualification: MA
Fees: Malaysian - RM37,900 per programme, Non-Malaysian - RM45,500 per programme
Mode: 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part time
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia Campus

Course overview

The MA English Language and Literature provides you with an opportunity for advanced study in contemporary Literary Studies and Applied Linguistics. 

It will provide you with the theoretical and analytical training required to continue to a research degree at the doctoral level or to develop professional skills relevant to working within relevant fields, including but not limited to the teaching of English, editing, and professional writing.
The course will develop your specialist knowledge of research methods and practices in the wider field of English to give you a strong methodological underpinning. This will be supplemented by specific applications of the study to increase your understanding of language use, and will enable you to make the transition from undergraduate study to the higher level required during your masters studies. Using a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach, the course then aims to equip you with theoretical knowledge and understanding whilst developing the practical skills required by work in the arts and humanities in English.

You will cover the range of theoretical approaches making up the contemporary intellectual vocabulary of English and English Studies. The course will also develop your awareness of practices in language use and their application to various contexts. The course will focus on developing your ability to engage in critical evaluations of current research. It will also develop your ability to problem-solve in respect to real-world projects and case studies. 

Course structure

The full-time MA English Language and Literature course lasts 12 months and is divided into two semesters and a summer period. You will take four 15-credit modules per semester. You will then complete a dissertation over the summer to be submitted in September. 


Taught modules are assessed by a 5,000-word assignment or equivalent, and you must also submit a 14,000-word dissertation. To help guide you through your coursework, you will be assigned a personal tutor as well as a dissertation tutor. There are no examinations. 

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Mature applicants without any standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

Malaysians applying as a matured student without the standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant work experience (and have successfully passed APEL’s assessment through Malaysian Qualifications Agency) at an appropriate level may be considered. Admission is at the discretion of the School.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


Typical core modules 

Approaches to Language and Linguistics
This module is a core course in language and linguistics. It introduces and then develops key terms, theories, frameworks, ideological approaches and methodologies required in linguistic study and research. The module includes overviews of the major branches of language and linguistics study, and requires participation in the research community. It includes a research methods component and exemplifies many aspects of professional research dissemination. It also encourages critical evaluation, reflection and response to linguistic thinking and analysis, and provides an opportunity to practise presenting professional research.
What is Literature? 
This 20-credit module addresses the question “What is literature?” by introducing key critical methodologies and theoretical frameworks that have been developed to study literary and dramatic texts. The principal objective is to encourage the students to use a variety of methodologies in the analysis of literary texts and to be reflexive as a literary critic. The module helps you feel confident in your ability to use different critical and theoretical frameworks to read literary texts. For this reason, the range of the module is purposely broad. Each Unit introduces a particular critical methodology or theoretical framework, and works through significant issues by examining a particular author, period or genre, ranging broadly over literatures from the fourteenth century to the present day.    
Popular Literature in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
This module examines popular literature written in Britain during the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students can expect to encounter works from a variety of different genres such as the gothic, detective fiction, early science fiction and/or fantasy. In addition to exploring a range of literary forms (which may include poetry, short and long prose fiction, and/or drama), the module will relate these to other media and cultural activities of the period, including stage spectacle and the visual arts. In addition to considering key works in their cultural and historical contexts, students will also be encouraged to relate module material to social, political and theoretical issues of continued relevance in the twenty-first century (e.g., colonialism and postcolonialism, power and authority, gender and sexuality, as well as attitudes and anxieties over science and technology). In this way, the module will introduce a range of interesting and influential works in a context that encourages critical engagement from different perspectives and that highlights the ongoing social relevance of the material under consideration. 
Research in Literary Linguistics
This module explores the use of linguistic frameworks to investigate literary texts. Through a series of practical analyses, students will be introduced to a range of linguistic explorations of poetry, prose, and drama from a wide range of historical periods. The course will invite students to use the analyses as an occasion for the critical evaluation of the various approaches to language and literature, to investigate the notions of literariness and interpretation, and to consider the scope and validity of stylistics in relation to literature and literary studies. The range of key research methods and methodologies in stylistics will be studied.
Literature and Modernity
This module will explore the relationship between literary texts and cultural concepts of modernity. Students will be introduced to a selection of texts from the 16th century to the present day, and a range of ideas and literary practices relating to innovation and to modernity/ ‘the modern’. Topics for discussion might include: early modern aesthetics; novelty and the eighteenth-century novel; modern gothic; Romantics and revolution; art, industry, and society; modernism; writing about the war. Writers to be considered will vary from year to year.  
Grammar and Discourse 
This module focuses on the empirical study of linguistic texts in relation to their contexts of use, with an emphasis on grammatical analysis. It explores how grammar is used as a system of resources for making meaning in context. Essential concepts and categories of grammar from various theoretical perspectives are introduced as analytical tools for exploring how users of a language explore and represent the world around them, interact with each other through the language, and organise what they say or write. Through learning to analyse the grammatical patterns of various texts and how they are organised, students are enabled to make explicit statements about the language in use, taking into account contextual factors related to culture and situation. Applications of such analysis to areas such as critical evaluation of literary and non-literary texts, language pedagogy, academic development, and workplace practices are consequently explored.
English: Dissertation
Students will choose a topic in consultation with the MA Course Convenor and an appropriate supervisor. The topic will normally be based on interests and skills the students have developed in the course of the modules already studied. 


Taught modules are assessed by a 5,000-word assignment or equivalent, and you must also submit a 14,000-word dissertation. To help guide you through your coursework, you will be assigned a personal tutor as well as a dissertation tutor. There are no examinations. 



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