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Your programme of study

If you love reading and writers and the periods they wrote their works in, this programme gives you a deep understanding of literature in the UK across time. with the opportunity to create prose yourself. Not only do you gain an understanding of why writers decided to write about specific periods of time but their motivations and influences in society of that time. You study people like Sir Walter Scott, contemporary writers like A.L. Kennedy and others, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the image of 'Scotland' or 'England.' and others. From here you may decide to study for PhD or work in writing, journalism, publications, as an agent, author or critic. There are many references to known authors at University of Aberdeen within special collections, museums and its library. The 'Age of Enlightenment' was discovered at the university, a major period of transformation, collaboration and cultural growth.

Your programme of study

The MLitt in English Literary Studies is primarily intended to provide a basis for undertaking research in English literature including the literature of Scotland and Ireland. Research 'training' involves the acquisition of practical skills and knowledge, and of specialised knowledge and understanding of literary periods and literary issues which will be directly relevant to each candidate's proposed field of research.

Courses listed for the programme

First Semester

Approaching Literature

Novel Ideas: Reading Prose Fiction

Crosscurrents in Irish and Scottish Literature

Critical Approaches to Literature, Science and Medicine

Special Study in Language and Literature

Second Semester

Contemporary Irish and Scottish Women's Fiction

Irish and Scottish Science Fiction

Special Study in Language and Literature

Locations and Dislocations: the Role of Place in Literature

Creative Writing: Narrative, Medicine, Psychology

The Making of Middle Scots

Scott in Context: Walter Scott and His World

Semester 3

English Literary Studies: Dissertation

Qualification: MLitt

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You can take this degree as a stand alone on year or two year programme and progress to either PhD or wide ranging careers
  • You learn in an ancient university dating back to 1495 with plenty of texts and transcripts from all centuries to refer to

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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Living in Aberdeen

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