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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. We love literature and there is plenty here to choose from in a University which has collected and studied literature since the Middle Ages with some very exciting periods and texts for you to enjoy. 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.

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.

If you want to study literature further or develop life-long learning and expertise this programme will give you intensive research skills and enjoyment to re-experience reading from all periods, genres, countries in the UK and writers who made a difference to our cultural experience of life in the past and who travel globally in their works and further interpretations on film or radio. There are wide ranging creative industry career opportunities to choose from. You can go into Journalism, PR, become a Researcher, Teacher, writer and more. You can study for ISS or MLitt depending upon what you want to study.

Aberdeen has had its own fair share of writers and whilst you study you can visit museums such as J.M Barrie's birthplace in Kirriemuir, experience the place where Lord Byron was brought up and enjoy centres to celebrate Lewis Grassic Gibbon, plus join a range of writer's groups off campus. If you want to go further afield you can enjoy Abbotsford near Galashiels, home to Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns birthplace in Alloway - Ayrshire.

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
  • Study in a stunning medieval campus and 'Old Aberdeen' some of which dates back to 1495 and absorb the history and writing whilst you study

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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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


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Living in Aberdeen

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