You can study an MLitt by Research or a PhD in The Novel across a range of languages, historical periods and approaches.

The Centre for the Novel is a research centre based in the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen.

Its aim is to promote discussion about the theory and practice of the novel across a range of languages, historical periods and critical approaches. Bringing together staff from English, Modern Languages and Creative Writing, the Centre for the Novel organises events at which readers can hear writers discuss their own work, it showcases new scholarship in the field, and develops new research projects.

Through symposia, conferences, visiting fellowships and postgraduate teaching and research, the Centre explores the regional, national and international significance of the novel, and shows how this diverse and popular form has come to dominate world literature.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MLitt or PhD

Our Research

Aberdeen is home to two major scholarly editions, the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen and the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels of Walter Scott.

Textual editing is complemented by interpretative and biographical work across three centuries of the British novel. Recent books by staff of the Centre include biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and the Scottish novelist Jessie Kesson, as well as critical studies of Aphra Behn, Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Henry James, contemporary re-workings of Victorian fiction, and community and religion in Scottish fiction.

Our Experts

Women, Science, Narrative

Associate Directors
Dr Timothy Baker
Dr Alexandra Lewis
Head of Research Area
Dr Hazel Hutchison
Other Expert
Professor Cairns Craig

Fees and Funding

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The Mlitt in the Novel provides an excellent platform for further academic study. It also offers valuable experience for those wishing to work in a range of careers such as teaching, media, publishing and heritage, and for anyone wishing to enhance their understanding of literature and communication.

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Contact Details

Contact Name
Dr Hazel Hutchison
Centre for The Novel
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB