The University of Aberdeen offers a wide range of taught Master’s courses on some of the greatest literature in English, offering a variety of perspectives on form, genre, and theme. Its team of internationally known experts includes Professor Janet Todd, general editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, and Professor David Hewitt, general editor of The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels.

The department naturally possesses particular strengths in Scottish and Irish literature, but also has distinguished expertise in many periods from the Renaissance and Restoration to the present day, one of its many strengths being in women’s writing.

The degree may be taken full-time over one year or part‑time* over two. For some students, the MLitt will be a prelude to doctoral research and perhaps an academic career, but it is equally appropriate for those who simply desire another year of literary study—perhaps to refresh themselves some years after completing their undergraduate studies.

The normal admission requirement is an upper second or first class degree in English.

Please see our MLitt Programmes for further information

For international students, all postgraduate taught programmes, beginning in September, have a deadline of the 1 st of July. Any application received after this date, will not be considered for September entry, but instead will be considered for the next available intake, either January or September the following year.

For more information on the intakes for each programme please visit

Please note this deadline is to ensure students have sufficient time to complete the application process and apply for their visa, and arrive in Aberdeen in time of the start of their programme.

For students classed as UK/EU, There is no programme deadline for those students classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes.

For further information and an application form, contact the relevant MLitt programme coordinator or email:

*Due to immigration regulations, this option is only available to home and EU students.