Romantic and Victorian Studies (MLitt) 2016 entry
The MLitt in Romantic and Victorian Studies enhances students' knowledge and thinking about Romanticism and Victorian literature through the study of literary culture from the 1760s to 1900.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
One year full time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
UK and EU: £6,800
- Supplementary application to School of English (Word)
- two academic references
- academic transcripts
- degree certificates (where available)
- sample of academic writing on a Romantic or Victorian topic (approx 2,000 words)
- English language requirements certificate, where applicable (e.g. IELTS 8.0 minimum)
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you are looking to start this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Romantic and Victorian Studies MLitt page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.
- Develop your skills as a researcher within a specific area of study by taking special topic modules.
- Focus on a range of Romantic and Victorian texts, including works by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, John Keats, and Oscar Wilde.
- Study Romantic and Victorian literature through a diverse range of ideologies, including discourses of revolution and reform, debates about gender, and aestheticism.
The MLitt in Romantic and Victorian Studies is an intensive one-year taught programme which considers texts and topics from across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Taught modules consist of weekly and fortnightly seminars and group discussions with class sizes ranging from three to ten students. Modules are assessed through coursework essays.
During the course of the year, but with particular focus during the last four months, students will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choosing.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.
- 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.
- Life, Text, Afterlife: explores the phases of literary and cultural production and reception, from the lives of authors and cultural figures, through the conditions of publication of their work and the challenges of presenting modern editions of those works, through to their reception in later works of literature.
- Literary History, Politics, Culture: explores the interaction of literature and its various historical, philosophical, cultural and political contexts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Students will choose one optional module out of the following three choices:
- Special Topic in English Studies: a directed reading programme which allows students to explore topics in greater depth than is possible in compulsory modules.
- a compulsory module from another English MLitt (see module catalogue)
- an approved postgraduate-level module outwith the School of English (arranged independently with another school such as Classics, Modern Languages, Divinity or Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies).
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
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.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
Conferences and events
Events are open to all members of the School and to the public, unless explicitly restricted, and there is an active student-run Literary Society and the Postgraduate Forum, where postgraduates meet to present and discuss their on-going work. Each semester, the School invites distinguished visiting academics and creative writers to lead seminars, lectures and workshops as part of our regular research events.
The School of English will award at least two scholarships to MLitt (Masters level) entrants in 2016-2017.
All School of English study applicants will receive a unique email link to the postgraduate scholarship and funding catalogue, providing an online portal through which you can apply for all available relevant awards.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.
After the MLitt
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews.
In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Romantic and Victorian Studies.
Graduates of the course go on to pursue careers in a range of sectors including journalism, marketing, publishing and teaching.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).