- Start date: September
- Study mode and duration: MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
PgCert: 4 months full-time; 9 months part-time
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- opportunity to take your studies to a more specialised level or in a new direction
- find connection between literary studies and other academic disciplines
- benefit from the guidance of an expert supervisor
- focus mainly on literature but also on other cultural practices and language
Why this course?
The MLitt in Interdisciplinary English Studies focuses on the representation, imaginary transformation and symbolisation of culture, as mediated through language and literature.
This is achieved by drawing on the interdisciplinary strengths of the School of Humanities, and the English Studies section within the school.
The course will prepare you to think about the ways in which all aspects of a culture depend on narrative, fiction and language. You'll be able to apply this to working in education, business, government or a third sector organisation.
The course also provides a preparation for undertaking a PhD, which generally requires a Masters qualification as an entry requirement.
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What you'll study
The core class Research Skills and Methods in Humanities, is taught in Semester 1. You can choose five further classes to be taken over Semesters 1 & 2.
You'll also write a 15,000-word dissertation.
We have particular expertise in:
- 20th and 21st-century Popular Culture
- Animal Studies
- Contemporary Scottish Literature
- Gender and Sexuality
- Linguistics and Cognitive Literary Studies
- Periodical/Newspaper Culture
- Renaissance Studies
- Scottish Studies
- Victorian, Edwardian and Neo-Victorian Studies
English Studies Research Placement
The placement option provides the opportunity to put learning and research into practice in a real-world environment, conducting a piece of research according to a brief provided by the placement organisation in consultation with the University.
You'll be given the opportunity to apply for designated research placements as enrolment on placement is not guaranteed.
Learning & teaching
Classes are taught by two-hour weekly seminars, with some lecture content, and by supervision of dissertation and other projects.
The course will be assessed by written assignments, and in some cases a presentation will form a part of the assessment.
Research Skills & Methods in Humanities
This class aims to provide students who are undertaking interdisciplinary research with a broad introduction to a range of methods and skills in humanities research, and to construct your own training pathway in order to gain specific expertise in a various methodologies or skills.
Making & Unmaking British Literature 1880 - 1950
The class will allow you to engage with materials from Scottish, Irish and English historical, cultural, and literary studies. It will explore the formation of the idea of a national British literature at the end of the nineteenth-century, and its rapid disintegration with the pressures for devolution and independence in early-twentieth century Ireland and Scotland.
The class will focus on key moments, of economic depression, rebellion, and war, at which the ideas of a unified national culture were put under particular stress.
You'll read a range of primary literary and cultural materials in a historical and theoretical context, and will develop skills in textual analysis and critical engagement.
Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies
This class allows students to engage with materials from Scottish, cultural, historical and literary studies. Students will read a range of primary literary and cultural materials in a historical and theoretical context, and will develop skills in textual analysis and critical engagement. In doing so, the class will provide students with a knowledge of some of the main developments in Scottish literary and cultural studies throughout the 20th Century. Students will gain an understanding of the relationships between literature, culture and theories of nationalism, also developing an awareness of a range of major issues in contemporary Scottish culture.
Fleshy Histories: Meat Eating & Meat Avoidance, 1500 to the Present
This class will engage students with literary and historical materials, and with theoretical work from animal studies and ecofeminism. This will inform discussions about the place, meaning and function of meat eating and meat avoidance, and debates about human-animal relations, from the early modern to the modern world.
As well as philosophical and religious work you'll read a range of primary materials, including literary works from A String of Pearls (aka Sweeney Todd) to Roald Dahl’s Pig; from Swift’s Modest Proposal to Coetzee’s Lives of Animals, via Dracula, and develop skills in textual analysis and critical and theoretical engagement.
Narrative processing across Languages and Cultures
Narrative processing is a field which has seen significant advances in recent years in psychology and neuroscience (eg Zwaan, situation models) and narratology (eg Ryan and transmedia narrative).
These bodies of research converge on the many ways in which narratives across cultures and media can be seen to share universal features. However, there is an even older body of work, deriving ultimately from Bartlett's memory studies, and developing through folklore and anthropology, which illustrates how narrative meaning and interpretation changes as it moves between social settings, media and cultures (Bauman, Barber).
This class invites you to engage with these three approaches critically, to form views on their implications for the use of narratives between cultural groups, and to consider potential practical applications for your findings.
Global Queers: Travel Writing & Sexual Politics
This class is designed to engage students with recent research on sexuality in a global context.
This continues to be a controversial topic with key global institutions and organisations from churches to the UN being unable to forge an internal consensus about the protection and acceptance of LGBTQ lives.
Through looking at non-fiction writing, this class will introduce students to key issue in the field through the perspective of writers who travel across real and gender/sexual border and boundaries.
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
This class critically applies the linguistic theory of communication, and theoretical approaches to culture, to a range of problems in intercultural communication. We explore what a culture is, and whether cultures differ systematically. We learn about the linguistic theory of communication, and approaches to discourse and conversation, and speech acts, including ways in which these differ between cultures.
We consider how face and politeness can be theorized, and how they differ between cultures. We look at how languages differ, and whether differences in language lead to differences in thought. We look at the self, and identity, and their relation to culture and cultural difference, and we see how mobilities relate to intercultural communication.
This class is relevant for those who aim to teach English to speakers of other languages who need to understand issues around intercultural communication. It is also relevant to those studying literature who want to understand how communication works, particularly in the culturally complex situations in which literature can arise.
Advanced Topics in Interdisciplinary English Studies
This class enables students to work with a staff member of their choice on a mutually agreed topic in the field of interdisciplinary English Studies. Within this broad field, this option is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue research interests which are not aligned to existing option classes. Through the Advanced Topics in Interdisciplinary English Studies class, the School will enable the student to enhance their employability post-graduation by:
- developing their desk-based research skills
- developing their skills in independent working
On successful completion of the module, the student will have:
- enhanced their desk-based research skills
- developed their skills in independent working
English Studies Research Placement
The placement option provides students with the opportunity to put their learning and research into practice in a real-world environment, conducting a piece of research according to a brief provided by the placement organisation in consultation with the module convenor. On successful completion of the module, the student will have:
- gained experience in putting their Interdisciplinary English Studies learning and research training into practice outside the academy
- gained experience in delivering a piece of research to a client's brief
- gained experience in negotiating the demands of two different institutions (the university and placement provider)
- demonstrated an ability to critically reflect upon their research practices and outputs
Graduates in English possess skills in written and spoken communication, working independently and thinking critically (HEA Student employability profiles), and this class offers an opportunity to put those skills to work in a real world context.
Dissertation in Interdisciplinary English Studies
The 15,000 word dissertation offers you the opportunity further to explore issues of particular interest, encountered during the course. Dissertations should seek to make a scholarly contribution to the literary, historical and theoretical areas of enquiry that make up the Interdisciplinary English Studies.
Minimum upper second-class Honour degree, or overseas equivalent, in English literature or a related subject.
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Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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I can say that the English department has an extraordinarily welcoming faculty, and I would recommend that any new student feel comfortable getting in touch with them. It can be nerve wracking to ask questions or seek advice outside of class, but it has been my experience that they are more than willing to offer their advice and guidance if you need it.
Take a more active role in discussion during the tutorial and don’t be afraid to communicate with professors. Most of the time, when I was struggling on things, a short chat with a teacher can help me greatly.
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
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*Please note second year will be subject to increases
Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my course?
Scottish postgraduate students
Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
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To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award - Postgraduate Taught offers all qualified international postgraduate students pursuing a Masters a merit based scholarship of £4,000 towards the first year of tuition fees of a full-time Masters, EdD Education or 1 year MRes programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.Apply for the International Excellence Award
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Graduates in the MLitt in Interdisciplinary English Studies have particular skills in close analysis of textual practices, in the understanding of the symbolic structures of culture, and the role of tradition; they are skilled in formulating arguments and in writing documents; they are skilled in undertaking research in an original and innovative way and reporting on it.
These skills make graduates from this course suited to a variety of further opportunities, including progress to PhD, for which this course would be a prerequisite eg for AHRC funding.
- teaching, including teaching English as a foreign language
- acting as a researcher
- work in the media
Start date: Sep 2021
Interdisciplinary English Studies
Start date: Sep 2021
Interdisciplinary English Studies
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