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Have accepted an offer for modern and contemporary literature but I'm having doubts and feel I should opt for something more applied and employable... does anyone have any experience of these courses, please, or life after them?

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There's not enough info to go on. How come you are genuinely qualified for both options? What do you want to do with your life, because they lead in very different directions? What are your timings - how come you have an offer for one and are still thinking about something different? Where is the money coming from? Which Unis? What undergrad, languages, experience etc will both degrees lie on?
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Figure out what you want to do career-wise first, then work out which degree, if any, will best help you get there.
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Since they're basically completely different from one another, it sounds like you don't need to do both.

Figure out what you wanna do career wise then go from there.
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Thank you for your time and the replies. I did an English BA but focused on world literature. My impetus for doing the Modern/Contemporary Lit MA was that the module choices were a progression from the BA (it's the same uni) and allowed a continued specialising in world literatures. However, after having accepted an offer, the module choices have now been changed 3-4 weeks before the course starts, so the MA isn't as appealing or flexible as before - they've removed a quarter of the course's modules without even replacing them. The Human Rights MA at the same uni allows the study of areas around the literature I was interested in, but from a more theoretical perspective (Frantz Fanon, for example) - and obviously with a focus on human rights. I've contacted the HR convenor and they've said I would be a strong candidate likely to get a place if I applied now.

The Uni do a £5k scholarship for high achievers, which is only valid if the Masters course immediately follows the BA...so it's now or never (or a long time saving up). Neither are my 'dream' Masters courses, but to pursue that would be too unaffordable. In terms of a career, I'm not 100% decided but I'd like to work in an NGO. My academic motivations were more to do with personal interest, however
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It's difficult to advise as ultimately it comes down to which course you think you would enjoy the most and get the most out of. I would give you one word of caution about Human Rights though, it's an incredibly niche, competitive field with relatively few jobs and if you were to apply to NGOs you would be competing against people with backgrounds in law, international relations etc. which may put you at a disadvantage. So do Human Rights if it interests you but try not to be swayed unduly by considerations of employability. Good luck!
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