Taught course

English Literature: Modernities - Literature, Culture, Theory

University of Glasgow · School of Critical Studies

Entry requirements

We normally expect applicants to have obtained a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in English Literature or a relevant subject. We also require a sample of written work (up to around 3,000 words), a short statement of around 500 words outlining your interest in the programme, and at least one academic reference. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This programme investigates the key texts and concepts that shape our understanding of literature and culture from 1900 to the present. The texts you will study are related to developments in critical theory and other cultural practices such as film, theatre and the visual arts.

  • Guided by a team of internationally recognised experts, you will investigate the key texts and concepts which shape our understanding of literature and culture across a period of radical change from 1900 to the present. Throughout, literary texts studied are related to developments in other cultural practices, such as film, theatre and the visual arts.
  • You will have access to world class libraries and museums, as well as the extraordinary diversity of cultural, literary and artistic events that make Glasgow such an enriching place for postgraduate study.

Programme Structure

The programme involves taught sessions plus a period of research and writing over the summer. You will study two core and two optional (special topics) courses, and undertake supervised study of a specialised topic of your choice, researching and writing a 15,000 word dissertation.

You can choose special topic courses from the range of subjects in modern literature, theory and culture; or, with the convenor’s permission, you may select from any MLitt course offered in the College of Arts.

You will also take the school graduate training course which will prepare you to work on your dissertation and to prepare a proposal and funding application for PhD work, should you choose to pursue doctoral research.

The programme is made up of three components.

  • Core courses: taught over two ten-week teaching periods, from October to December and January to March.
  • Special topic courses: also taught in ten-week blocks. Full-time students usually study one topic course in each semester.
  • A dissertation: written during the final phase of the course, from April to September.

Part-time students take both core courses and the graduate training course in the first year and two special topic courses and dissertation in their second year of study.

Information for international students

IELTS:overall score 7.0; no sub-test less than 7.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23. CAE: 185; no sub-test less than 185. CPE: 185; no sub-test less than 185. PTE Academic: 68; minimum 60 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Bryony Randall