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Graduate Admissions

The MPhil in Criticism and Culture is an innovative nine-month course of literary study with an interdisciplinary and comparative focus, running from October until the end of June. It aims to provide an introduction to and training in different aspects of contemporary literary criticism and literary and cultural theory.

Students will be encouraged to develop a critical and methodological framework, and to pursue questions relating to literary and cultural production alongside an individual research project. Within a flexible framework, students will be able to study particular areas in depth or explore topics broadly relevant to intended research. Each student works closely with a member of the Faculty on his or her chosen dissertation topic while participating in collaborative seminars and classes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

  1. developed a deeper knowledge of  contemporary literary criticism and literary and cultural theory in general, and of their chosen area of research in particular; and
  2. developed an understanding of critical debates which allows the evaluation of current research in their dissertation field.

Continuing

MPhil students may apply to continue to a PhD in English; the minimum academic condition for continuation is a pass in the MPhil course. Other conditions may be imposed.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of English

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 7, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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