University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Mediaeval English

The MLitt in Mediaeval English offers a rigorous programme of study covering the mediaeval literature of England and Scotland from the Anglo-Saxon period to the early Renaissance. This is an intensive programme culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation. Students study the full range of medieval literature in English, circa 800-1500. Compulsory modules in Old English and Middle English are combined with specialist compulsory training in paleography, codicology and medieval literary theory to ensure that students emerge fully equipped to carry out further research in any area of mediaeval English literature, whether Old or Middle, English or Scottish.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent is normally required.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: 1. Literary Research: Skills and Resources: trains students in the understanding and use of the essential skills and resources of research in English Studies; it also provides preparation for the MLitt dissertation.
2. Reading the Mediaeval Text: provides specific skills and areas of knowledge necessary for undertaking research in mediaeval literature, including paleography and codicology.
3. Old English: Old English grammar and translation with the aim to get all students to an acceptable level of proficiency in reading and translation.
4. Middle English Literature in Context: teaches culturally central Middle English and Scottish texts from the later Middle Ages within their wider cultural context.
Optional modules: Students will choose one optional module out of the following three choices:

1. Special Topic in English Studies: a directed reading programme which allows students to explore topics in greater depth than is possible in compulsory modules.
2. a compulsory module from another English MLitt programme (see module catalogue)
3. an approved postgraduate-level module outwith the School of English (whether arranged through the Institute of Mediaeval Studies or independently with another school such as Classics, Modern Languages, Divinity or Philosophical, Ahtropological and Film Studies).
Dissertation: Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

Assessment methods

MLitt: 9 months of ongoing coursework and a supervised dissertation of 15,000 words

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,250 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (EU) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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Key information

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Postgraduate Secretary
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