MLitt The Gothic Imagination

Immerse yourself in the scholarly appreciation of the Gothic on a Masters course devoted exclusively to the study of this dynamic and ever-expanding field.

The Gothic Imagination

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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Contemporary culture highlights a reawakened interest in the Gothic – from the current vogue for horror film and the extraordinary success of writers such as Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer, to manifestations of an alternative Gothic impulse in fashion, music and lifestyle.

The University of Stirling’s MLitt The Gothic Imagination course gives you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the scholarly appreciation of the Gothic. Ours is one of the few Masters courses worldwide that is devoted exclusively to the academic study of the dynamic and ever-expanding field of Gothic studies.

We provide a rigorous and intensive historical survey of the Gothic’s literary origins and developments, and chart its dispersal across a broad range of media and national contexts.

The course will equip you with the necessary theoretical vocabulary to address, and critically reflect upon, the Gothic as a complex and multi-faceted cultural phenomenon. It also prepares you for further postgraduate research in the rich and vibrant field of Gothic Studies. Graduates will leave with many invaluable transferable skills, including critical thinking, theoretical conceptualisation, historical periodisation and independent research.

Top reasons to study with us

Long acknowledged as a centre of excellence for the study of the Gothic aesthetic worldwide, the division of English Studies at Stirling has historically been the home of leading Gothic scholars for the last two decades. That means you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with some of the leading researchers in the field. You’ll be encouraged to present your research in appropriate contexts, including conferences organised by the International Gothic Association.

Our MLitt in The Gothic Imagination enjoys a strong international reputation, and we’re proud to have welcomed students from Argentina, Canada, Greece, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

With high levels of choice and flexibility built into its course structure, our MLitt allows you to develop your own critical interests under the specialist guidance of recognised experts in the broad and exciting field of Gothic Studies.

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.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), over 80% of our research for English Language and Literature was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

What our students said

Megan Rachuy
Megan Rachuy
MLitt The Gothic Imagination
I knew I couldn’t find a better location to study what fascinates me so much – and it helps that Stirling is noted for being the forerunner in the field.
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Benjamin Noad
MLitt Gothic Imagination
The MLitt in the Gothic Imagination means being able to work alongside world-leading Gothic scholars at an institution which boasts stunning landscapes and provides its students with the means for intra-disciplinary further research.
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Carolina Abello
MLitt in The Gothic Imagination
The course fulfilled all my expectations because it is so well and carefully designed. I made an unforgettable journey from the 18th century origins of the Gothic to the most updated literary trends of this mode, while enjoying a very coherent selection of readings.
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