English Literature MA

Horror Fiction 1945-present ENGLIT4132

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the academic study of postwar and contemporary horror fiction across a variety of genres, such as short story, novel, comic book, and putative non-fiction. The course also covers theoretical and cultural debates such as censorship.


7 x 1.5 hr seminars

2 x 2 hr lecture

2 x 3 hr workshop
As scheduled on


This is one of the Honours options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT5120 Horror Fiction 1945-present (PGT)




Prospectus and Annotated Bibliography (2000 words): 35%
Essay (3000 words): 50%
Seminar/workshop presentation of 7 minutes: 15%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to the academic study of late-twentieth and twenty-first century horror fiction;

■ allow students to engage with horror fiction in a variety of genres, including novel, short story, and 'non-fiction';

■ facilitate students' exploration of theoretical and cultural debates in the area of popular fiction and its reception.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ write knowledgeably about horror fiction from 1945-present including with reference to specific major works;

■ apply appropriate critical approaches and methodologies to works of horror fiction;

■ explain the relation of horror fiction to its wider cultural and historical context

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and sustained argument.

■ demonstrate resilience and time management through effectively planning, undertaking and submitting coursework.

■ deal with change and new challenges by applying their disciplinary skills and knowledge to previously unfamiliar research areas and questions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.