Our Courses

The Centre for Contemporary Literature is closely connected with three postgraduate taught Master's courses run by the Department of English & Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. These are:


MA Contemporary Literature and Culture: 

This programme provides an introduction to the contemporary period via an overview of some of the historical transformations of literature and cultural thought from 1945, as well as providing a much more recent, post-2000 framework within which to understand contemporary literature and culture. This enables you to view the contemporary moment through a historical lens or to focus more exclusively on very recent cultural production.

See our MA Contemporary Literature and Culture prospectus

MA Cultural and Critical Studies:

This programme is aimed at people with wide-ranging, interdisciplinary interests in the humanities and those interested in contemporary theoretical debates.

See our MA Cultural and Critical Studies prospectus

MA Modern and Contemporary Literature:

This programme introduces key texts and paradigms that shape our conception of literature from the early twentieth century to the present.

See our MA Modern and Contemporary Literature prospectus


MPhil & PhD Research in Contemporary Literature:

The Centre also offers a vibrant academic community for a large number of MPhil and PhD students at Birkbeck.

See our PhD homepage for more information on applications, teaching opportunities, funding & scholarships and research resources.