The MLitt in English Studies is a literature degree offering specialist options in each of the major literary periods, from Old English to the present day. Our expert tutors will introduce you to the very latest academic debates, along with longstanding critical issues such as race, class and sexuality.
Closing date: For entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, if you need a visa to study in the UK
Why study English Studies at Dundee?
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, animal rights or postcolonialism.
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.
Unique to Dundee is the “Special Author” option module, which allows you to explore in depth the full range of your chosen author’s works, whether it might be the Harry Potter series, Walter Scott’s Waverley novels, or the poems of Geoffrey Hill. Other examples include: Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift, Robert Burns, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Joseph Conrad, or Angela Carter.
What's so good about English Studies at Dundee?
English Studies is part of the School of Humanities at Dundee, is a centre of research excellence, we have recognized strengths in book history, authorship studies and visual culture, and we lead the way in interdisciplinary scholarship. Our research culture thrives on probing the creative relationships between literature and film, poetry and theatre, word and image.
In the most recent RAE, a full 90% of English's research publications were rated as of international excellence in terms of their 'originality, significance and rigour' and 45% of our research output was rated in the two very highest categories of 'international excellence'.
The English at Dundee offers a lively postgraduate culture, including a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference.
We are also home to an annual Literary Festival which regularly attracts high profile writers to Dundee.
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.
Teaching & Assessment
This course is taught by English academic staff in the School of Humanities.
The start date is September each year, and lasts for 12 months on a full-time basis, or 24 months part-time
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.
What you will study
There is one core module: Approaches to Literature, Criticism and Culture which run over two semesters, and you choose two optional modules, from a large list available each year, for example:
- EN51003: Arthurian Literature from Chaucer to Malory and Beyond
- EN51004: Constructing Identities: Self, Subject and Persona in Contemporary Poetry
- EN52007: James Joyce and the Cinema
- EN52010: Postwar American Fiction and Transatlantic Exchange
- EN51021: The History of Drama: from the Greeks to the Victorians
- EN51018: Approaches to Film Adaptation
- EN52025: Creating Writing
- EN52006: Writing, Texts and Books
- EN51014: Virginia Woolf
- EN52024: Exploring Old English Texts
- EN52026: Textuality and Visual Culture
- EN52027: Gender, Ethnicity, Text: Contemporary Readings
- EN52029: Literature & Society, 1750-1900
- EN51022: Romantic and Victorian Poetry
- EN52039: Special Author: directed reading
For the current list, visit the School of Humanities website. Students go on to undertake a dissertation.
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.
Students who take this course will gain a solid foundation from which they can proceed to doctoral research.
However, due to the non-vocational nature of a Humanities degree many students also enter jobs unrelated to their course of study. For these students this course provides them with an opportunity to further develop their written presentation skills, as well as the ability to work independently and plan independent research and study.
Learn more about careers related to the Humanities from our Careers Service website.
Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in English or a related discipline. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered. Students should provide, along with their postgraduate application, copies of their degree transcript and, if applicable, a copy of their degree award certificate, two reference letters and written work in a subject relevant to literary study.
English Language RequirementIELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component less than 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year. These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.
Fees and Funding
Sources of Funding
Information about the School of Humanities scholarships can be found on the School of Humanities scholarships webpage.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
- Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
- Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
- As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.
How to Apply
Apply online via UKPASS
You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
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