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Overview

Our expert tutors will introduce you to the very latest academic debates in literary studies, and encourage you to examine the role of literature in the wider world. 

The MLitt English Studies is a taught one year full-time, or two years part-time, postgraduate degree, which can be tailored to your needs, allowing you to pursue any literary interest you can imagine, whether it’s Arthurian literature or American crime fiction, Scottish Gothic or Irish drama.

This degree will:

  • provide training in literary and cultural research as a firm basis for proceeding to doctoral work
  • provide a taught postgraduate programme to suit individual student research interests and research needs
  • enable completion of a dissertation of 18,000 words: an independent piece of work based on primary texts and sources, on your own topic, under the direction of an expert in the field.

visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference. You will also benefit from a range of Generic Skills classes throughout the year.

Study an individual module

If you wish to study just one module from this course, rather than a whole degree, you can choose to apply for an individual module. Visit the Individual Humanities Module webpage for more information.

Who should study this course?

As well as being a research preparation degree for students who intend to proceed to a PhD, this course also caters directly for students who wish to take their first degree to a higher level of advanced study, for either career development or merely general interest.

Language Learning

If you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), you can enrol on a Languages for All course free of charge.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is normally by extended essays for each module. All students allowed to progress to the MLitt phrase must attempt the dissertation.

Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.

What you will study

There is one core module: Approaches to Literary and Visual Culture which runs over two semesters, and you choose two optional modules, from the list available each year, plus the English Studies Dissertation.

You can choose your optional modules from any grouping. The current module list is as follows:

Scottish and Irish Literature

Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature

Modern and Contemporary Literature

The following previously available modules may be available subject to demand:

  • Romantic Orientalism
  • Evolution and Victorian Literature
  • Scottish Romanticism
  • Issues in Book History
  • Literature and Visual Culture
  • The Literature of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • The Novel and Film after the End of Empire
  • Angela Carter
  • The Irish Novel

Careers

This course provides you with training in literary and cultural research as a firm basis for proceeding to doctoral work. As well as being a research preparation degree, the course also caters directly for those who wish to take their first degree to a higher level of advanced study, for either career development or merely general interest.

Due to the non-vocational nature of a Humanities degree many students also enter jobs unrelated to their course of study, having developed their written presentation skills, their ability to work independently, and having planned and conducted independent research and study.

Learn more about careers related to the Humanities from our Careers Service website.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.


Visit the MLitt English Studies page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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