The English Department's MLitt in the Novel is a taught postgraduate programme embracing all aspects of the theory and practice of the novel, from the seventeenth century to the contemporary.
The focus is the novel in English (including Scottish, Irish and American), but opportunities may also exist for comparative study of other novelistic traditions. The programme includes a core course in narratology, genre theory, and the sociology of the novel, as well as elective courses on individual authors and periods.
The MLitt explores the regional, national and international significance of the novel as an art form, and addresses such general topics as subjectivity and identity, medical theory and fiction, aesthetics, print culture, the history of reading, mass and elite fiction, and issues of nation, class, race and gender.
The programme provides research training for those intending to progress to a doctorate while also offering a self-contained Masters degree. Students enrolled on the programme participate in the activities of the newly formed Centre for The Novel, which hosts regular talks, seminars and conferences.
In addition to a core course in the Theory of the Novel, students are required to take a compulsory course in research methods, scholarly writing and other generic skills. They also take a number of credits from elective courses over the two semesters. Elective courses may be from any area of the novel or related fields. There are also opportunities for students to take courses from other graduate programmes, including Creative Writing.
MLitt students are required to write a dissertation over the course of the summer. Students who attend and satisfactorily complete all compulsory and optional courses, but who do not write a dissertation, will be awarded a Diploma.
Theory of the Novel
These vary from year to year depending on staff availability, but are likely to include:
Walter Scott and His World
Romanticism and Genre
The Transatlantic Novel
The Victorian Novel and its Legacy
20th-Century Irish and Scottish Fiction
Contemporary Women's Fiction
Creative Writing: Prose
Dissertation (approx. 15,000 words in English)
Assessment methods vary by individual course, and include essays, reports, presentations, written exercises and written and oral examinations.
Students who attend and satisfactorily complete all compulsory and optional courses, but who do not write a dissertation, will be awarded a Diploma in the Novel.
For information about funding opportunities see the College of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate web pages at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cass/graduate
The MLitt in the Novel provides an excellent platform for further academic study.It also offers valuable experience for those wishing to work in a range of careers such as teaching, publishing and heritage, and for anyone wishing to enhance their understanding of literature and communication.
The standard entrance requirement is a good first degree in English or a related discipline. UK applicants should normally have a 2.i or above, though applicants with non-standard qualificat