University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Irish and Scottish Literature

This programme offers the opportunity to engage with the literatures of 2 countries whose intertwined heritage is at the forefront of literary innovation from the early middle ages to the modernist period and beyond. Students can take this degree as a stand-alone 1-year or 2-year part-time Master's degree (but immigration regulations prevent an overseas student from outside the European Union from studying part-time), or as a first step towards an MPhil or PhD (subject to admission to a further degree programme either at Aberdeen or elsewhere). Hence, it is likely to appeal to those who wish to create a solid foundation on which to build a PhD research proposal, those who wish to teach literature, and those who wish to study literature at a postgraduate level to further their interest in culture and life-long learning.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have a good 2.1 degree or above, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. Applicants who have been educated in the medium of English are still required to meet the English language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that applicants meet the 'postgraduate standard' level of English proficiency. Applicants who are in doubt about their proficiency in English should contact the British Council office or its equivalent in their country. For applicants whose 1st language is not English, it is important that their proficiency in English is good in order for them to study successfully at the University.

Course modules

In semester 1, students will complete the taught core course, 'crosscurrents in Scottish and Irish literature', introducing the historical range of Scottish and Irish literary tradition, and offering an overview of key critical questions and approaches as a basis for future research. Supplementary courses can be selected from a wide variety of specialist options on offer. They include training in theory and methods of research, plus a large variety of options covering both different periods and genres. Each candidate's curriculum is personalised, so that the courses undertaken provide everyone with a programme that fits their interests and their needs. Please note, however, that not all courses are available every year.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary by individual course, and include essays, reports, presentations, written exercises and written and oral examinations. The Master's also requires a 15,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MLitt Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
School of Language and Linguistics
Telephone number: 
01224 272730