Taught course

Women, Writing and Gender (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · School of English

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area.

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

Months of entry


Course content

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.


  • 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 a special topic module.
  • Participate in the School of English's wider research culture through the School's period-based research groups, colloquia and postgraduate forum.

Teaching format

Taught modules consist of weekly or fortnightly classes and seminars, of one to two hours each, with class sizes typically ranging from three to ten students. Assessment comprises written essays and a short oral presentation. The School of English prides itself on its support of student work through detailed feedback and commentary.

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.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £8,500  Overseas: £17,600

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2668