What differential factors make ours an attractive MA degree?


• The MMES programme itself: without unduly neglecting traditional concerns of literary and cultural studies, we pride ourselves on focusing our attention on cultural areas of transition, cross-over, conflict, mediation, negotiation and compromise, and on the processes that take place in these. We explore the fertile though often neglected areas between literature and folklore, between tradition and modernity, between canonical and popular cultures, between art and reality; the ‘zones’ that constitute such a prominent part of Postmodernist fiction, but equally the heterotopias of horror and science-fiction; the betwixt-and-between nature of visual poetry; the intermedial character of drama and film; the différance between languages that is verbalised in translation; the intangible time-frontiers in postcolonial studies; the interdisciplinary and the intertextual. We turn borders into our centres, and in so doing we deal with the most dynamic aspects of the literary process.


• The MA degree: the MMES is the only English literature MA programme in Madrid. It is taught entirely through the medium of English, in a department of English Studies that has been repeatedly ranked among the top two such institutions in Spain. The staff are specialists in their respective fields and integrated in various research groups (see departmental website http://www.uam.es/departamentos/filoyletras/filoinglesa/es/index.html).Postgraduate students are especially welcome to participate in the on-going work of these groups.


• The university: The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid ranks first among Spanish universities according to the ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) for 2012, and among the top 200 world-wide according to the QS World University Rankings for 2013.


• Our location: the wide, thriving Cantoblanco campus sited north of the City but within 30 minutes’ reach of the Atocha-Sol city-hub by a thoroughly efficient suburban train.


• The city’s cultural offer: Madrid is one of the most dynamic capitals on the European cultural map, boasting an unparalleled range of world-class museums, art centres, art galleries and international bookshops, as well as a thriving urban scene, the famous ‘golden mile’ of original-language cinemas, and the recently-opened Madrid Río (a seven-mile park along the Manzanares River complete with sports facilities, open-air entertainment, and the Matadero cultural centre). In addition, Madrid’s comparatively mild winters and sunny springs make it a most enjoyable city for work and leisure.


• Last but not least, the fees: though rising, they are still highly competitive in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).