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Contemporary culture highlights a reawakened interest in the Gothic – from the current vogue for horror film and the extraordinary success of writers such as Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer, to manifestations of an alternative Gothic impulse in fashion, music and lifestyle.

The University of Stirling’s MLitt The Gothic Imagination course gives you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the scholarly appreciation of the Gothic. Ours is one of the few Masters courses worldwide that is devoted exclusively to the academic study of the dynamic and ever-expanding field of Gothic studies.

We provide a rigorous and intensive historical survey of the Gothic’s literary origins and developments, and chart its dispersal across a broad range of media and national contexts.

The course will equip you with the necessary theoretical vocabulary to address, and critically reflect upon, the Gothic as a complex and multi-faceted cultural phenomenon. It also prepares you for further postgraduate research in the rich and vibrant field of Gothic Studies. Graduates will leave with many invaluable transferable skills, including critical thinking, theoretical conceptualisation, historical periodisation and independent research.

Course objectives

Long acknowledged as a centre of excellence for the study of the Gothic aesthetic worldwide, the division of English Studies at Stirling has historically been the home of leading Gothic scholars for the last two decades. That means you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with some of the leading researchers in the field. You’ll be encouraged to present your research in appropriate contexts, including conferences organised by the International Gothic Association.

Our MLitt in The Gothic Imagination enjoys a strong international reputation, and we’re proud to have welcomed students from Argentina, Canada, Greece, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

With high levels of choice and flexibility built into its course structure, our MLitt allows you to develop your own critical interests under the specialist guidance of recognised experts in the broad and exciting field of Gothic Studies.


This course consists of four core modules, two optional modules and a dissertation. The core modules allow you to ground yourself in key Gothic texts, critics and theories, while the optional modules provide an opportunity for you to develop your own interests. They also give you a rigorous training in research and employability skills. The modules offered vary depending on teaching staff.

The dissertation is a substantial piece of academic writing, which lets you demonstrate your engagement with the field over the year. The course aims to provide as rich and varied an exposure to the academic study of the Gothic as possible.

You’ll attend two hours of seminars per module per week, plus individual consultations and supervisions with members of staff.

The MLitt is connected to the International Centre for Gothic Studies, and you can expect to attend talks given by noted researchers in the field. You’re also encouraged to involve yourself in the work of the Centre.

The MLitt The Gothic Imagination gives you the opportunity to work closely with world-leading scholars in the field of Gothic studies. The primary tutor on the course, Professor Justin Edwards, is an active researcher, and regularly attends conferences and academic symposia both abroad and in the UK.

Employability skills

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the attributes that employers look for. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, we have a dedicated Employability and Skills Officer. The University of Stirling’s Careers and Employability Service also works in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the most out of your University experience, and are ready for the employment market.

After you graduate

Our Masters equips you with many skills and abilities that are sought after by employers across the private and public sectors. These include the ability to:

  • process and reflect critically upon cultural forms
  • organise, present and express ideas clearly and logically
  • understand complex theoretical ideas
  • undertake extended independent research

The 15,000-word dissertation that is submitted towards the end of the course allows you to devise, develop, support and defend your own academic ideas across an extended piece of written work. It provides an excellent point of entry into more advanced forms of postgraduate research, including the Doctoral degree. Many previous graduates of the course have gone on to study a PhD.

Other graduates have pursued successful careers in such fields as teaching, publishing, research, academia, advertising, journalism and the film industry.

Visit the The Gothic Imagination MLitt page on the University of Stirling website for more details!





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