The MPhil is a two-year (full-time) degree programme by research. Students are required to write a 40,000 word thesis which is subject to external examination and an oral exam (viva voce). Application to the MPhil programme follows the same route as application to PhD.

The English Department welcomes inquiries from students interested in research in any of the areas listed below. If you are looking for a potential supervisor, please explore individual staff profiles and access information on our publications:

  • Early Modern Literature
  • Enlightenment and Romantic Literature
  • Victorian Literature
  • Scottish Literature
  • American Literature
  • Irish Literature
  • Modernist Literature
  • Post-War and Contemporary Literature
  • Women's Writing
  • Language and Linguistics

The English Department also has strong links with other graduate programmes, particularly History, Philosophy, Modern Languages, and Cultural History, and with the University's research centres, which provide an infrastructure for interdisciplinary research. In appropriate cases, joint supervision will be offered.

All research students are formally inducted in their first semester. In addition, they have the option to take a series of courses that train them in the specific skills required for research in their chosen field and for the effective presentation of their work.

For details about Postgraduate Study at The University of Aberdeen visit our postgraduate study pages.

See also Applying and Grants and Funding.