University of Cambridge: English Literature

InstitutionUniversity of Cambridge
Department Single Tier Structure
Telephone 01223 335360
Study type Research


The MLitt is a research degree, examined, usually after two or more years of research, by a dissertation of up to 60,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree are that the dissertation represent a "substantial contribution to knowledge", but the criteria are adapted to take account of the fact that the course lasts only two years.

It should be noted that there is no formal taught element in this course of study. It does not provide a suitable foundation course from which to proceed to a higher research degree, for which the most appropriate course is an MPhil. If you are looking for a course of this type you should return to the Graduate Admissions front page and find out about the Faculty's MPhil courses.

Candidates work closely with their supervisors, who will usually be assigned to them at the start of the course. It is possible to change supervisors with minimal formality, and it is often desirable to do so as the research project develops.


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