Postgraduate taught 

English Literature: Romantic Worlds MLitt

Core and optional courses

Core and optional courses

Core courses

Romantic Worlds 1: Encountering Environments

This course explores the ways in which the writing and art of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries radically expanded the forms and manners in which the world was represented. It considers how Romantic-period societies and cultures portrayed the environments in which they flourished, to which their citizens journeyed and which they sought to link together. As well as canonical writing by figures like William Wordsworth and Lord Byron, the course draws on materials including visual art, topography, travel accounts, periodicals and collections. It focuses extensively on the resources of the University Library and the Hunterian Museum in order to consider Scotland's distinct relationships with national and international discourses.

Romantic Worlds 2: Selves and Societies

Research Training Course

The first half of this course is taught across the School of Critical Studies and encourages you to develop your general skills in research, oral and written communication. The second half of this course is taught within English Literature and will encourage you to develop research and communication skills specific to your chosen field of study.

Optional courses

You’ll take three courses in addition to the three core courses listed above. You can choose courses from the English Literature general pathway.

The diverse optional courses taught in English Literature cover a period stretching from the medieval period to the present day, so provide the flexibility to expand on the core provision in numerous different directions. An independent study option allows for tailored programmes of instruction to pursue particular lines of inquiry.

With permission, you can also take courses from other subjects in the College of Arts and in other colleges, including History of Art, History, American Studies and many others.

Please note the availability of a particular course depends on student numbers and patterns of staff leave. Not all courses will be available every year.


The two semesters of coursework are followed by one term of supervised work towards a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which you will submit at the beginning of September. The topic normally arises out of the work of the previous two semesters, but the choice is very much open to the student’s own initiative. Your supervisor will help you to develop the proposal and plan the most appropriate readings and methodology.

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