On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
The following units will be studied over three semesters for the one year full-time option, or over four semesters spread over two years for the part-time option.
Cultures & Materialities: An introduction to working with contemporary collaborative media and the historical differences and continuities in literature’s production, storage and display. From the pre-Gutenberg era to digitalised print, you'll study literary cultural production as part of a broad cultural and media history.
Markets & Audiences: A sociological approach to studying the cultural industries and their audiences, exploring marketing and promotion of cultural texts. You'll consider how para texts and extra textual materials contribute to audience expectations and experiences, and how they reflect cultural and political differences.
Interactive Storytelling: Investigate and understand the art of storytelling in digital-interactive media. Starting with a brief pre-history, this unit will come to grips with contemporary traits thrown up at the intersection between digitalisation and interactivity. There will be a rigorous scholarly framework for your existing digital literacy and you'll have space to reflect on and improve your competence with interactive digital media.
Culture & Controversy: You'll explore definitions of free speech, freedom of expression, censorship and public interest in the context of public cultural controversies. For example, D.H Lawrence’s 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' might be studied as a literary text, while the student also studies the historical context of attempts to censor and suppress the novel and debates over that suppression in the print and broadcast media.
Mediating the Nation: The relationship between cultural production and a series of changing historical and political contexts in contemporary Britain. More specifically, you'll consider cultural constructions of Britain, Britons and Britishness. By analysing a range of literary and cultural forms, you'll explore how these things have been constructed and legitimised through culture historically. This unit will also look at how two historical developments have had a significant impact on how British ness has been culturally constructed: the transition away from imperialism and political devolution across the United Kingdom.
Narrating Identities: An opportunity to study a number of genres that can loosely be defined as life writing. Critical approaches to biography, autobiography, autobiographical fiction and film biopic will be analysed in a theoretical framework to help you generate the critical vocabulary and cultural literacy needed for detailed analysis. You'll explore notions such as cultural identity, dominant ideology and emerging or oppositional cultural narratives.
Dissertation (academic) OR Major Project (creative): An opportunity to develop and show your critical, analytical and research skills by completing a significant piece of academic or creative work. You'll finish your studies and work with a degree of independence not previously experienced in your coursework, focusing on topics that interest you the most. You'll hone your strengths and establish curiosity to take with you into future careers.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for MA Literary Media.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Applicants will usually receive a decision on their application based on the information submitted in the application form. However, some applicants may be invited for interview to discuss their application further.
Applicants may be interviewed in person, via telephone or Skype. For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 or above or equivalent.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact the AskBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (academic) 7.0 overall or equivalent with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in each other component, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
This course enables students to combine the skills of literary analysis developed during an undergraduate degree with a series of new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of English in a range of different media.
Some of our Literary Media graduates are now undertaking roles such as*:
- Print journalism
- Radio production
- Corporate communications.
Industries worked in
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
*All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the literary media sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
Julia has been published and has presented work internationally on cross-media adaptation, television and discourse analysis, the application of literary terminology to comics, the 'graphic novel' redefinition, and the presence of gothic and fantastic motifs and themes in this medium. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Bristol University, England, and MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, Wales and has previously taught at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, and Bristol University.