Research course

English Literature

University of Cambridge · Faculty of English
MLitt by research

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2:1 Honours Degree.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

The MLitt is a research degree, examined, usually after two or more years of research, by a thesis of up to 60,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree is that the thesis represents a "substantial contribution to knowledge", but the criteria are adapted to take account of the fact that the course lasts only two years.

It should be noted that there is no formal taught element in this course of study. It does not provide a suitable foundation course from which to proceed to a higher research degree, for which the most appropriate course is an MPhil. If you are looking for a course of this type you should return to the Graduate Admissions front page and find out about the Faculty's MPhil courses.

Candidates work closely with their supervisors, who will usually be assigned to them at the start of the course. It is possible to change supervisors with minimal formality, and it is often desirable to do so as the research project develops.

Although research students spend long hours working independently, they are also able to attend regular (usually fortnightly) seminars in their subject area. All graduate students are required to be members of a College, which offers a centre of social activity, as well as providing an opportunity to meet graduates who work in other fields.

All members of the University, including graduate students, are entitled to attend lectures in any Faculty.

In recent years the Faculty has admitted very few students for this degree. It is generally felt that many candidates would benefit more from a one-year, taught course such as an MPhil, or from a full three-year period of research for the PhD.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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