MLitt Scottish Literature

Examine the role of writing in shaping the image and reality of Scotland as a nation. Study across four centuries of Scottish literature on this Masters degree.

Scottish Literature

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MLitt, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021
  • Duration MLitt full-time: 12 months, MLitt part-time: 27 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

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With debate continuing over Scotland’s political status, this Masters degree in Scottish Literature examines the role of literature in shaping the image and reality of the nation. You’ll learn to view Scottish writing from a perspective shaped by critical theory, as well as traditional literary history.

Ranging across four centuries of the Scottish literary imagination, this course explores key figures, texts and debates from the period of Regal Union (1603) to the present – often placing literary writing at the heart of cultural and political debate.

You’ll look at a full range of writers, texts and debates from the early modern period to the present – including the works of Robert Burns, Walter Scott and James Hogg, right through to contemporary authors such as James Kelman, Janice Galloway and Kathleen Jamie. We’ll also explore the work of Robert Louis Stevenson, Nan Shepherd, Muriel Spark and too many others to mention.

Class discussion examines the complex means by which national literary identity is sustained, renewed and reconsidered – as well as the role of novelists and poets in integrating Scottish identity into the ever-evolving project of ‘Britishness’. There’s an emphasis on critical debate, and we’ll question some of the assumptions that go along with studying a national literary tradition.

No previous experience in studying Scottish Literature is required. Leading Scottish writers and critics feature prominently in assigned reading, alongside key insights from book history, literary criticism and political theory.

Top reasons to study with us

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research in the Division of Literature and Languages scored impressively in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 81 percent of our research viewed as world leading or internationally excellent. In the 'Research Impact' category of the assessment, almost 90% of our work was considered internationally excellent.

What our students said

Niamh Mackenzie
Niamh Mackenzie
MLitt Scottish Literature
The course almost chronologically takes you through some of the most important figures and movements in Scottish Literature, spanning a long time period, but I specifically enjoyed the optional modules, for example, the importance of landscape and place within Scottish literature
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Lilith Johnstone
MLitt Scottish Literature
I relished the opportunity to study Scottish Literature in-depth after doing a more general undergraduate in English Literature and dive head first into an array of Scottish texts canonical, under-researched and extremely contemporary.
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