University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

English Literary Studies

The programme is primarily intended to provide a basis for undertaking research in English literature including the literature of Scotland and Ireland. Research 'training' involves the acquisition of practical skills and knowledge, and of specialised knowledge and understanding of literary periods and literary issues which will be directly relevant to each candidate's proposed field of research.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree in English literature or equivalent. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 in reading and writing) or equivalent.

Course modules

The courses centre on the 4 areas of the department's research: Renaissance literature; Enlightenment, Romantic, and Victorian literature; modern and contemporary literature; Scottish and Irish literature.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary by individual course, and include essays, reports, presentations, written exercises and written and oral examinations. The MLitt also requires a 15,000-word dissertation, while the diploma consists of coursework alone.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 9 months
MLitt Full-time - 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 21 months
MLitt Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Graduate Programmes Co-ordinator
Telephone number: 
01224 273687