M.Litt. English Literary Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13800 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP4500 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP13800 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP4500 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Credits 180
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

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

English Language Requirements

CAE score
176(Grade B2)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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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

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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