Our undergraduate degrees are four-year Master of Arts degrees, MA English on its own or combined with many other named subjects including Film Studies and Creative Writing.
The highly flexible Scottish MA degree allows you to choose the subjects you would like to study for the first two years, before you decide on a specialisation.
Combining a traditional English literature base with innovative and exciting approaches to literary study, including comics, theatre, film, visual culture, and creative writing.
Studied jointly with English or Philosophy, our Film courses respond to changing patterns of student interest in literature, culture, and the representational and time-based visual arts.
Comics & Graphic Novels
Dundee is one of the great powerhouses of comics production, not just in the UK, but internationally. Study Comics & Graphic Novels as part of your undergraduate degree.
The Creative Writing community at Dundee is vibrant and engaging. We will help you recognise and develop your own distinctive creative writing capabilities.
English at Dundee key facts
- Flexible courses offering opportunities to develop your own enthusiasm within a structure which will teach you to think about a range of personal, cultural and historical topics
- Choose to study English alongside many other subjects including Film Studies, Creative Writing, European Studies, History, Politics, Philosophy, Languages, Maths & Psychology
- Opportunities to spend a year or a semester studying overseas - Europe, North America or Australia
- English at Dundee has received the highest rating in Teaching Quality Assessment and has a strong record in the annual Guardian league tables for teaching - in the 2014 tables, we were top in Scotland for student satisfaction in both teaching & assessment, and 2nd and 6th in the UK respectively
- We have a vibrant community of societies and groups and we are part of a lively literary and arts atmosphere in Dundee
Student Life at Dundee key facts
- One-stop compact city campus - virtually traffic-free, with attractive landscaped spaces
- The City of Dundee - small and friendly
- Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) is regularly top of student polls, and houses Dundee's largest nightclub
- Excellent Campus Sporting facilities for competitors or just keeping fit
- En-suite accommodation on & near campus guaranteed to new students (who apply by the deadline)
English at Dundee
English at Dundee
Our teaching is both traditional and innovative. We develop our courses with a consciousness of today's student needs and preferences, while reflecting our commitment to the cutting-edge ideas in our field. We not only teach the traditional topics of English Literature but also the literatures of America (North and South), of Scotland, and of many other parts of the English-speaking world as well as looking at digital poetry and graphic novels, film, theatre, comics.
What you will study
What you will study
We offer a wide spectrum of expertise and different approaches to teaching across our subject areas. You will take modules in English, and possibly Film Studies or Creative Writing and will choose from a wide range of module topics.
- In first year the modules give you a basic critical and theoretical understanding by analysing a wide range of examples of literature (or literature and film).
- Second year then allows you to concentrate on particular aspects of literary history by studying in more detail the writing of two periods: the Renaissance and the Nineteenth century, and modules in creative writing are also available. (Suitably qualified students with A levels may be able to enter at Level 2 (i.e. 2nd year), and graduate after three years).
- In third year you choose more broadly from modules examining specific genres, styles and themes in the context of the historical periods in which they were written.
- In fourth year the modules on offer reflect the research specialisms of members of staff, and the result is an extremely varied range of choices, often based on interdisciplinary topics using a wide range of approaches in innovative ways, allowing you to specialise in the areas which interest you.
We offer you plenty of opportunities to benefit from international study, too. Studying abroad improves your academic experience and gives important social experience and contacts which can benefit you throughout your life and your working career. Your studying abroad usually allows you to gain credits overseas and they will contribute to your University of Dundee degree.
English students taking part in these opportunities usually go away during their second or third year, though there are various different arrangements possible. The list of partner institutions varies from year to year, but currently includes France, Germany, Austria, Greece and Spain, plus five Universities in the US, six in Canada, five in Australia and two in Hong Kong.
A lively Literary and Arts atmosphere
With regular literary events taking place, a thriving arts scene, and close collaboration with our local theatre and arts centre, you'll find the city of Dundee offers a vibrant cultural scene for students of English.
The Department itself is home to an annual Literary Festival which regularly attracts high profile writers to Dundee. There are also Literary Salons, as well as a Comic Art Forum, featuring talks by comic artists and writers, and an annual Comics Conference. In addition, there is a lively undergraduate Literature and Film Society.
You will also have the opportunity to write for one of several publications produced by the department, and to join the JOOT theatre company, which specialises in Mediaeval and Early Modern theatre.
Looking to your Future
English is an adaptable subject, opening a flexible range of career options. English graduates tend to have a broad understanding of the world and possess good written and spoken communication skills. They have also received rigorous training in working independently and thinking critically. These qualities are highly sought after by employers. Indeed statistics show that students of English are often better at securing 'graduate-level' posts than comparable humanities graduates.
Teaching is a regular occupational choice of our graduates but by no means their only available career path! Many enter general management, consultancy, and the civil service, as well as research, journalism, library and information science, publishing and, increasingly, creative industries, especially the media.
Don't just take our word for it, read our Graduate Profiles to meet some of our former students and find out what they are doing now.