Taught course

Women, Writing and Gender

University of St Andrews · School of English

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (UK 2.1) or equivalent

Progression to the MPhil may be possible for successful MLitt students.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is not available in academic year 2016/17. The next intake of students will be in September 2017.

The MLitt in Women, Writing and Gender offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich and varied output of women writers across history and to consider critical issues surrounding gender and writing from 1500 to the present day.

Course highlights

  • Gain an excellent foundation for further research on women writers and the relationship between gender and literature.
  • Consider broader historical and contemporary debates in feminism and gender studies, and examine the diversity of women’s literary practices across a range of centuries and genres.
  • Develop your skills as a researcher within a specific area of study by taking special topic modules.
  • Participate in the School of English's wider research culture through the School's period-based research groups, annual colloquia and postgraduate forum.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Women, Writing and Gender is an intensive one-year taught programme which aims to introduce students to key issues surrounding the contemporary discussion of gender.

Taught modules comprise weekly classes and seminars, with class sizes typically ranging from three to ten students. Assessment comprises written essays and a short oral presentation.

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 e.g. IELTS 8.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

School scholarship may be available. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 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