Taught course

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture

University of St Andrews · School of English

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (UK 2.1) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

Course highlights

  • Study the interdisciplinary dimension of modernism through topics which explore cultural production across the arts, music, film and literature.
  • Explore the key developments in modern and contemporary literary studies in dialogue with leading scholars in the fields of Modernism, Scottish literature, war writing, modern and contemporary poetry, postcolonialism and literature of the 1940s.
  • Focus on the key literary and cultural theories of the contemporary period alongside a global range of modern and contemporary texts.
  • Develop your skills as a researcher within a specific area of study by taking special topic modules.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture is an intensive one-year taught programme which aims to enhance students’ textual knowledge and promote thinking about the interconnections between modern and contemporary literature and its historical, cultural and theoretical contexts.

In each semester students take one module that concentrates on the literature of the period and one module that engages with the period’s theoretical, cultural and historical developments. Students are encouraged to develop their own, individual interests via the 20 credits left free for an optional module.

Taught modules comprise of weekly seminars, with class sizes typically ranging from three to ten students. Modules are assessed through coursework essays.

During the course of the year, but with particular focus during the last four months, students will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choosing.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, evidence of English proficiency will be required eg IELTs 8.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 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

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462668