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MLitt/PgDip/PgCertLiterature, Culture & Place

Why this course?

This course allows graduates with first degrees in literature, cultural studies, or related areas to take their studies to a more specialised level or in an entirely new direction. The MLitt in Literature, Culture and Place focuses on the way literary and cultural texts both shape and respond to the notion of place, exploring literary and theoretical approaches from a variety of contexts in the literature of modernity.

The course is unique in the UK. It combines a broad range of periods and places. Specialist expertise is provided by teaching staff, who are members of the Centre for Literature, Culture & Place. You’ll use rare local resources, such as:

Teaching staff

Specialist expertise is provided by teaching staff, who are members of the Centre for Literature, Culture & Place.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Research Skills
The research skills class develops skills which are essential for work on the MLitt dissertation and for later doctoral research and careers outside academia, such as publishing or research work. The class examines what it means to do research, how to prepare a research proposal, and what examiners look for in dissertations and theses. Part of the this class also involves a series of seminars on key aspects of place and literature, designed as an introduction to the work and working practices of specialists in the school whose work connects with the Centre for Literature, Culture and Place.
Dissertation (MLitt only)
You must complete a 15,000 word dissertation, which will account for 60 credits towards their MLitt degree. The dissertation is intended to test your capacity to devise and carry out an independent research project. You will receive some individual supervision, but the planning, research and writing of the dissertation is fundamentally your own responsibility. The dissertation offers you the opportunity further to explore issues of particular interest to you that you have 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 MLitt in Literature, Culture and Place.

Elective classes

Choose five from this list

The Discovery of Scotland: the Sublime & the Picturesque

The class introduces you to what is perhaps the most important pioneering phase in the 'discovery' and representation of British landscapes and locations. You'll engage with texts and paintings that allow them to see how the representation of British landscape, and especially the landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, underwent a complete transformation in the eighteenth century under the influence of aesthetic developments.  You'll examine these main theoretical paradigms - the sublime and the picturesque - and develop the ability to see how these paradigms shape the representation of landscape in various kinds of written genres and the visual arts.

Visions of Suburbia: Interdisciplinary Representations, 1850 to 2000

This class examines the impact that the development of suburban spaces has had on a range of literary and cultural genres.

In the period 1850-2000, suburbia came to dominate both the physical and imaginary landscapes of Britain. It produced new configurations of space (the suburban villa), new forms of community ('neighbourhood watch') and new social stereotypes (the 'desperate housewives'). We will consider how these developments intersected with the form and content of contemporary literature, cinema, music and journalism by focusing on a series of key historical moments. Throughout we will maintain an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to uncover the mutual influences between the arts and the built environment, for example by tracing the influence of literary works on political, artistic and architectural writing on suburbia.

British Places: Literature 1880 to 1950

This class studies the changing representation of national culture in literature in the British Isles in the first half of the twentieth century. The class aims to enhance the general themes of the MLitt in Literature, Culture and Place by investigating the way nation and place are constructed in literature at times of national emergency - during, in the particular cases studied here, two world wars, the agricultural depression of the 1880s, the industrial slump of the 1930s, and the emergence of Scottish and Irish nationalism. 

Post-colonial Canadian Literature
This class will explore the development and diversity of Canadian writing in English over the course of the twentieth century, and discuss the processes by which national and regional literatures are constructed. You'll consider the narrative strategies which writers use to engage with Canada's geography and history, and will analyse the politics of literary representations of colonial and postcolonial encounter, of wilderness, and of diasporic and multi-ethnic communities. Seminars will also examine the cultural links which emigrants have established between Canada and other countries (particularly Scotland).
Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies
This class will provide you with a knowledge of some of the main developments in Scottish cultural practice and Scottish Studies in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Working with key Scottish and international texts, students will gain an understanding of the relationships between literature, film and theories of nationalism.
Travellin’ Blues: Literature, Politics & Displacement
This class explores politics, culture and displacement in American and European literature, 1850-1950. The main context for this class will be the early years of the twentieth century and the interwar period, with a focus on a range of writers including Jack London, W.H. Davies, Woody Guthrie, B. Traven, George Orwell, and Jean Genet. The course examines the experience and representation of travel and displacement through the variously configured image of the vagabond and its relationship to the style and politics of various writers of the Modernist period.
World Victorians

This course explores the engagement of Victorian literature and culture with places outside the British isles, investigating how imperial and colonial concerns, travel, trade and exploration shaped popular narratives of the Victorian period and continue to shape our perceptions of the Victorians.

The course considers the Victorians as citizens of an increasingly globalized world, shaped by new technologies of transport and communication, and to show how real and fantasized perceptions of distant places integrated with contemporary beliefs and anxieties about national, racial, gendered and religious identities.

It will introduce students to a wide range of popular texts, including fiction, poetry, journalism, travel writing and children’s literature. Students will also explore contemporary Neo-Victorian novels in order to reflect on twenty-first century reimaginings of the Victorians in the wider world.

Women Writers of the Anglo & Italospheres in the Long 19th Century
The class considers the literary production of women writers from America, England and Italy during the Long Nineteenth Century. Women writers emerged on the literary scene during the late 1700s in England and America, but it was not until the late nineteenth century in Italy that the woman writer as novelist and journalist started writing for a growing readership. Her rise in popularity was facilitated by rapid industrialization and the expansion of the press, and contemporary male writers held her in high regard. The course will expand previously encountered studies by students of British and American women’s writing in the nineteenth century and locate them in a dynamic and fresh new context of Italian and European literature between 1789 and 1914, focusing on the importance of Italy and the idea of Italy for various strands of women’s writing.

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent in English Literature or a related subject.

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • MLitt - £8,250
  • PgDip - £5,500
  • PgCert - £2,750

Rest of UK

  • MLitt - £8,250
  • PgDip - £5,500
  • PgCert - £2,750



  • MLitt - £13,500
  • PgDip £9,000

How can I fund my course?

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Literature, Culture and Place

Qualification: MLitt, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Literature, Culture and Place

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Literature, Culture and Place

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Literature, Culture and Place

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Literature, Culture and Place

Qualification: MLitt, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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