Why did you decide to study a postgraduate course?
I decided to study a postgraduate course in order to continue exploration of Scottish writing, to which my undergraduate degree in Scottish Studies had introduced me.
What attracted you to Stirling?
I choose this specific MLitt because of the intriguing angle it promised to turn on Scottish literature, combining attention to the established debates in the field with innovative theoretical approaches.
What did you enjoy most about your time at the University of Stirling?
During my time here I especially enjoyed the lively atmosphere in which thought-provoking discussions unfolded during tutorials, and how we were encouraged to pursue the insights these yielded both by attending cultural events and through original research.
Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?
The aspect of the programme I enjoyed the most was how exploration of traditional concerns and debates in Scottish literature, such as a privileged preoccupation with the national paradigm, was paralleled by attention to a variety of other issues in Scottish writing and of theoretical approaches in literary criticism. This double focus has allowed me to appreciate the complexity of Scottish literature, opening up exciting questions for future investigation.
Do you think the degree has made you more employable, or better prepared for further study? If yes, what are the key skills? What contacts/networks have you made in your time at Stirling?
The degree has equipped me with the necessary skills and theoretical background to undertake research in modern Scottish literature at PhD level. On the one hand, it has provided me with a solid grounding in Scottish writing, culture and literary criticism which is proving extremely helpful. On the other hand, it has given me the confidence and intellectual stimulation which is driving my pursuit of original research.
What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?
How would you summarise your time at Stirling?
My MLitt year has been one of the happiest of my life because of the intellectual energy it provided. Not only did the course introduce me to exciting themes and issues in Scottish writing, but it did so in a most inspiring and supportive academic environment.