English Literary Studies, M.Litt.

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The MLitt in English Literary Studies 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.


Students can take this degree as a stand-alone one-year or two-year part-time Masters 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.


An M.Litt in English Literary Studies provides an excellent platform for further academic study. It also offers valuable experience for those wishing to work in a range of careers such as teaching, media and heritage, and for all those who have an interest in literature.

The MLitt is designed to take advantage of the broad range of expertise and specialisms of the literature staff.

Each candidate's curriculum is personalised, so that the courses undertaken provide everyone with a programme that fits their interests and their needs.


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Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Renaissance literature
  • Enlightenment, Romantic, and Victorian literature
  • Modern and Contemporary literature
  • Scottish and Irish literature.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2): 176

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A 2.1 Honours degree or the equivalent in English Literature or a relevant cognate discipline in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).

Postgraduate Programmes

In order to submit an application you will need to upload:

  • A completed online Postgraduate Application form
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates to date (if available) and upload a personal statement

Other documents that may be required but which can be uploaded later include:

  • For international applicants, proof of proficiency in English
  • Academic References
  1. For Research Programmes (PhD) two confidential references in sealed envelopes, signed by the referee across the seal, are required
  2. For Taught Programmes (MBA, MSc, MLitt, MRes etc) graduates from a UK institution are not required to supply references
  3. Applicants to taught programmes with a first degree from outwith the UK are required to submit one reference only

Student Visa

Students from United States of America need a visa in order to study in the United Kingdom.
Read more about visa information and requirements for this country.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13800 International
  • GBP 4500 EU/EEA


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