Taught course

Gothic Imagination (The)

University of Stirling · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

An upper second class or better single or combined Honours degree in a relevant subject or subjects from a UK university or an equivalent qualification. Applicants with other qualifications or other appropriate experience may be admitted on the recommendation of the Programme Director.

Months of entry


Course content

Contemporary culture is characterised by nothing if not a reawakened interest in Gothic, the aesthetic discourse of horror and terror which flourished following the publication of Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764.

The MLitt The Gothic Imagination offers an intensive historical, critical and theoretical investigation of this curious cultural phenomenon, from the rise of Gothic in the aesthetic and political discourses of the eighteenth century through to a range of contemporary Gothic manifestations in both literature and film.

Course Objectives

This course provides you with opportunities to explore the full range of Gothic writing, from its beginnings in the 18th century to the present day.

The focus is on work from Ann Radcliffe and Mary Shelley, through Victorian and late 19th-century writers (Dickens, Stevenson, Wilde, Stoker) to the Edwardian heyday of the ghost story, and on to the various modern and post-modern examples of the Gothic in writers such as Iain Banks, Angela Carter and Stephen King.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6 (minimum 5.5 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23, Writing 21.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


full time
3 months
part time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Dale Townshend
+44 (0) 1786 467512