Guided by a team of internationally recognised experts, you will investigate the key texts and concepts that shape our understanding of literature and culture across a period of radical change from 1880 to the present. You will relate the literary texts you study to developments in other cultural practices, such as film, theatre and the visual arts.
Why this programme
- The programme has an international reputation for delivering outstanding research-led teaching, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary and theoretically informed approaches to this literary period.
- You will have access to world class libraries and museums, as well as the extraordinary diversity of cultural, literary and artistic events that make Glasgow such an enriching place for postgraduate study.
- The programme includes tailored workshops with the University’s archives and Special Collections, as well as a bespoke field trip to the archives of the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Semester 1 - September to December
Semester 2 - January to March
- MODERNITIES 2: 1945 TO THE PRESENT
- Two optional courses
Summer - April to September
- Research Training Course
- Both compulsory Modernities courses
- One optional course
- Two optional courses
Optional courses will usually be taken from among the 20 credit courses listed under the general pathway. Not all options will be available in any given year, depending on staff availability. A number of optional courses have been devised with the needs of the Modernities programme particularly in mind including, but not limited to:
- AFRICAN MODERNITIES: COLONIALISM AND POSTCOLONIALISM IN THE NOVEL
- THE AMERICAN COUNTERCULTURE, 1945-75
- THE BLEEDING EDGE: CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVES OF ILLNESS AND MEDICINE
- CANADIAN LITERATURE (PGT)
- CONTEMPORARY REALISMS
- FANTASIES OF ENERGY (PGT)
- MODERN EVERYDAY
- THE MIND OF THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN NOVEL
- PROUST IN THEORY
- VIRGINIA WOOLF WRITES MODERNITY
With the convenor’s permission, you may also take option courses from elsewhere in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and beyond.
All taught courses are 20 credits and are delivered in weekly 2 hour seminars or similar.
Students are taught in seminars and proceed through a planned sequence of reading and discussion. The working style however is exploratory rather than didactic; students are expected to engage fully with primary sources, to develop, express and take responsibility for their own opinions and to work towards independent argument and expression in their resulting coursework and dissertation.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Modernities has been producing successful graduates for over 15 years and provides excellent preparation for PhD study and an academic career, as well as developing key skills valued by employers in journalism, the heritage and creative industries, and other related educational and vocational careers.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2021-22
- Full-time fee: £9000
- Part-time fee: £1000 per 20 credits
International & EU
- Full-time fee: £19350
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
- Registration/exam only fee: £170
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
We also require:
- A sample of written work, about 3,000 words in length. This can be a previous piece of work from an undergraduate degree. The work should be written in English. The content does not have to cover a topic related to this specific programme, but the sample should show the potential to engage successfully with postgraduate-level literary studies through demonstrating analytical ability and knowledge of appropriate scholarly methods and conventions.
- A short statement of around 500 words outlining your interest in this programme.
- At least one academic reference.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 7.0
- no sub-test less than 7.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 24
- Listening: 24
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 27
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.
Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes commencing September 2020 have been extended, where vacancies are available:
- International applicants: 10 August 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
- UK/EU applicants: 31 August 2020
Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes now commencing November 2020 have been extended, where vacancies are available:
- International applicants: 28 September 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
- UK/EU applicants: 19 October 2020
Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes now commencing January 2021 have been extended, where vacancies are available:
- International applicants: 27 November 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
- UK/EU applicants: 15 December 2020