Taught course

The Novel

University of Aberdeen · School of Language and Literature

Entry requirements

Normally a good second class honours degree in English or related discipline, or its equivalent.

Core courses in Theory of Novel and research skills plus subject-based elective courses.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The novel is not only the most popular genre in modern literature but the most translated. The MLitt in the Novel provides students with a theoretical grounding in the history and critical traditions of the novel, and with the opportunity to study novels from a wide variety of languages and cultures (either in translation or in the original language), tracing the genre's historical development and the ways in which different national traditions have contributed to its evolution. Students are also able to take elective modules which explore the ways in which the novel borders on other academic disciplines such as history, the history of science, medical humanities, migration studies and museum studies.

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Information for international students

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Hazel Hutchison
+44 (0)1224 272625