Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 4.35 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 11.6 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jul 1, 2025
601–800 place StudyQA ranking:4573 Duration:12 months

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Why this course?

This course has been suspended for 2011 entry. However, you may wish to consider our MA by Independent Study or MA by Research.

The MA offers a uniquely interdisciplinary approach and addresses the process of exchange between literature and the moving image in the production of adaptations. Modules cover key debates in narrative theory and issues such as ideology, fidelity, the idea of history and place, audience, authorship, the economics of adaptation, heritage, novelisation, nostalgia, radical adaptation, sequels and remakes. These embrace the literary and the popular, the cinematic and the televisual, as well as exploring animation, comic book narration and video games.

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone in to a number of professions, particularly in work related to the arts. Humanities postgraduates are generally in demand for their advanced skills in analysis and evaluation, oral and written communication, and the ability to carry out independent projects. Others have gone on to further research. Teachers use the MA to further their professional status, update their skills, or even change direction within education.

Adaptations Theory introduces you to research methodologies and the key skills required for Master's level work. It explores the theories of adaptation as they affect film and literary forms across all genres.

Classic Adaptations explores the phenomenon of the 'classic' literary adaptation on film and TV, and its continuing success and evolution as an adaptation form into the 21st Century.

Popular Forms examines the relationship between popular fiction and mainstream popular media in the USA, focusing on the production and reception of such adaptations across the 20th and 21st Century.

Shakespeare on Screen introduces you to the ways in which film theory contributes to readings of Shakespeare, examining representations of violence, sexuality, race and political correctness.

Dissertation provides you with an opportunity for sustained independent work on a topic developed from one of the taught modules or linked to any issues touched on only peripherally.


International students come to study in the UK because the quality of our teaching is amongst the best in the world. You may find that our teaching style is very different to that in your home country and we will help you adapt. You need to be prepared to work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors and motivate yourself to study many hours outside of the classroom.

Teaching will normally be delivered through mini-lectures, classroom discussion, short screenings, tutorials and practical sessions with computers and presentations. Emphasis will always be on your active participation in learning and you will be expected to prepare for classes by viewing and reading set texts, sourcing relevant critical material and preparing for seminar tasks in consultation with the tutor. Assessment will usually be through workshop presentations and a 5000 word essay, handed in at the end of the teaching period.

Entry and Admissions CriteriaYou should have the equivalent of a UK Bachelor's degree (2:1 minimum) in a relevant subject such as English Literature, Film or Media Studies.We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world. If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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