University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Literature, Science and Medicine

This programme explores the ways in which science, technology and medicine have been represented and imagined in literature, and how literary and scientific practices have interacted, since the Enlightenment. The programme is interdisciplinary, and it offers a considerable level of choice in what periods, topics and literary traditions to focus on. Its teaching staff have expertise in English literary studies; French and Francophone studies; Hispanic studies; Scandinavian studies; Irish and Scottish studies; and history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine. The programme is particularly well suited to applicants with backgrounds in literary, linguistic, historical, philosophical or social studies, but applications are considered from students with other backgrounds as well. No special scientific or linguistic knowledge is required. This programme is underpinned by the expertise of staff in 3 research centres: the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine, the Centre for Medical Humanities, and the Centre for the Novel.

Entry requirements

The standard entrance requirement is a good 1st degree in an appropriate discipline at a 2.1 level or at a level deemed equivalent by the programme co-ordinator. 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 the 1st semester, all students take the introductory core module 'critical approaches to science, literature and medicine' (30 credits). Students will then take a choice of optional modules totalling 90 credits in the 1st and 2nd semesters (September through May). These will include a range of modules specific to the programme, exploring diverse aspects of the subject. Depending on availability, students with particular interests may take modules outside the prescribed list of options where appropriate, in consultation with the programme coordinator. In particular, students will have the option of pursuing their own research interest in this field, in an 'individual study' module (30 credits), again subject to the agreement of the programme coordinator and the relevant member of teaching staff.

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.


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

School of Language and Literature
Telephone number: 
01224 272467