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.
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’sWaverley 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.
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.
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.
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.
Year of Entry: 2015
Entry Requirements: 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.
EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.
English Language Requirement
IELTS of 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.
Please check our English 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.
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.
The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.
|Fee category||Fees for students starting September 2015|
|Scottish students||Fee for 2015/16 still to be confirmed but will be no lower than £3,800.|
|Rest of UK students||Fee for 2015/16 still to be confirmed but will be no lower than £3,800.|
|EU students||Fee for 2015/16 still to be confirmed but will be no lower than £3,800.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£12,950 per year of study
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Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.