Exploring the literature and languages of the British Isles and America from the earliest written sources to the present day.

Based in the School of Language, Literature, Film and Visual Culture, our research programmes in English are distinguished for research on canonical authors and on contextualising approaches to literature. We also have a strong tradition of textual scholarship. We have long standing links with other programmes, particularly History, Philosophy, Cultural History and Modern Languages.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MLitt, MPhil or PhD

Our Research

We have expertise in every period of literature, from medieval to contemporary, and particularly in English, Scottish, Irish and American literature.

English research is centred on staff research interests and is integrated across research centres, such as:

These provide an infrastructure for interdisciplinary study department offers a progressive approach to researching this vibrant area of study.

Supervisors: Professor Shane Alcobia-Murphy, Dr S Elizabeth Anderson, Dr Timothy Baker, Professor Patrick Crotty, Dr Elizabeth Elliot, Dr Andrew Gordon, Professor Hazel Hutchison, Dr Catherine Jones, Dr Alexandra Lewis, Professor Alison Lumsden, Dr Helen Lynch, Dr Wayne Price, Dr Syrithe Pugh, Dr Thomas Rist, Dr Tim Tricker, Dr Dan Wall, Dr David Wheatley.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

International Applicants


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB