We expect that some government restrictions will be eased by the time you begin your studies with us. However, we will always adapt to the latest guidance. At the present time, we anticipate beginning the year with a teaching model which will combine the best of face-to-face teaching in smaller classes, laboratories and other environments as appropriate, together with virtual teaching sessions in place of lessons that would normally take place in large groups.
The English Literature: Science Fiction Studies MA provides you with a range of options in the academic study of science fiction, as genre and cultural mode.
Building on the University’s strong tradition of science fiction scholarship and teaching, and the fact that we host the largest specialist collection of science fiction materials in Europe, this programme will equip you with knowledge required to understand the role that science fiction plays in society.
Ranging from the Enlightenment to contemporary fiction, and considering areas such as science and technology studies, and how visions of the future are constructed and interpreted, this pathway is both historical and forward-looking.
You will situate your reading in appropriate contexts, but also learn to think about what science fiction reveals about perceptions of technology, apocalyptic fears, the changing face of the future, and the relationship between literature and science.
Please note: when applying, please choose ‘MA English Literature’ from the list of programmes. You should specify the specific pathway which you wish to study in your personal statement.
Students are required to register for three core research modules; Research Skills (ENGL601) in Semester 1, Dissertation Project (ENGL603) in Semester 2, and Dissertation (ENGL602) in Semester 3/over the summer.
To graduate with a named pathway award of Science Fiction Studies students are expected to take 30 credits of required modules and at least 30 credits of optional modules from their chosen pathway - see below.
Please note: programme and module details are illustrative and subject to change.
Research Skills and Practice (ENGL700)
Dissertation Preparation Project (ENGL701)
Genre Definitions (ENGL780)
Fictions of Technology (ENGL782)
Science Fiction And/as the Archive (ENGL781)
Bodies in Space (ENGL783)
Literature and Science (ENGL754)
For entry to our master's programmes a good 2:1 class Bachelors degree in English studies or a similar subject is required.
You should apply for a postgraduate taught programme online.
When you have completed the application form you should either submit it online or email it together with hard copies or scans of the following supporting documentation, unless stated otherwise above:
- School or college transcripts/certificates
- University transcripts and certified translations if applicable
- Degree certificates
- Evidence of English Language proficiency (EU and international applicants only)
- Personal statement
- Two references (on letter headed paper, signed and dated)
NB: We would advise that photocopies and scanned documents are acceptable at application stage. However, originals will be required should your application be successful
If you are unable to apply online, you can apply by downloading a copy of the relevant Postgraduate Application Form and returning it to us by email via one of the following email addresses;
UK applications: email@example.com
International and EU applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acknowledgement of your application
The Postgraduate Admissions Team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Programme Director and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration.
Students with disabilities
We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. To discuss your situation or to obtain a copy of the University’s booklet, “A guide to support and services for students with disabilities,” please contact a member of the Disability Advice and Guidance Team on T:+44 (0)151 794 4714 / 6676 or at email@example.com.
Full details of the admissions procedures for taught programmes may be found in the University's Postgraduate Taught Admissions Policy, which is available on our Postgraduate Taught Policy page.
Please note, it is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate applicants, who need Entry Clearance to study in the UK, to have an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. It is your responsibility to check if this scheme applies to you. See our ATAS page for more information.
In some countries the University works with local representatives who can provide more information and help you with the application process. For further details, please visit our International pages.
Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.
English language qualifications
All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency etc. Please see www.liverpool.ac.uk/international/countries/ for a full list.
If you meet our other academic requirements but do not achieve the required level of English, it is possible to come and study at Liverpool on the University’s summer academic English programmes. The University's English Language Centre provides tuition and arranges IELTS tests. For more information about this, and the specific entry requirements for this programmes/department, please visit www.liverpool.ac.uk/english-language-centre/pre-sessional-english-courses/.
|IELTS||6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component). For the MRes programme you will need 6.5 in the reading component.|
|International Baccalaureate||Higher Level (Grade 5)|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||B|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
Fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation.
Tuition fees (Home)
The University's tuition fees are normally fixed at yearly intervals and follow Government guidelines on minimum levels. The normal tuition fee for Home (UK) postgraduate taught students per year (for the academic year 2022/23, unless otherwise specified) are stated below. Please note that part-time fees are charged at 50% of the full-time fee shown below per year (unless otherwise specified).
In addition to your tuition fees, you may incur other costs in relation to your studies such as photocopying in the library, buying textbooks and specialist equipment or going on field classes. See our study costs page for full details.
|Standard full-time postgraduate fee
|Fee for this course
International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees.
The University of Liverpool's fees represent excellent value for money for a Russell Group University. The normal tuition fee for full-time international postgraduate taught students per year (for the academic year 2022/23, unless otherwise specified) will be as follows:
|International fee for this course