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University of Glasgow: English Literature: Fantasy

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Critical Studies
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

Are you a fan of fantasy fiction? Or are you simply curious as to why the fantastic can be found all around us in the 21st century, from videogames and films to poetry, songs, television, novel series, and so-called 'mainstream' fiction? This programme allows you to engage with one of the most vibrant literary genres of the last two centuries - and a major cultural phenomenon of our time.

You will be supported by a friendly, internationally acclaimed team of scholars working in all areas of the arts, from literature and comics to film, TV, education, history of art and modern languages.

Fantasy-related events are organised each year, from conferences to field trips, from talks and conversations involving writers, editors and visiting scholars to reading parties, film showings and exhibitions.

  • You will have access to world class libraries, museums, galleries, theatres and teaching/research facilities.

  • You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene of Glasgow itself, which attracts major fantasy-related conventions and is famous throughout the world for its musical, artistic, technological and literary energy.

The programme involves core and optional taught sessions, followed by a period of research and writing over the summer when you will undertake supervised independent work on a special topic of your choice, researching, planning and writing a 15,000 word dissertation.

Full-time students

Semester 1 - September to December

  • RESEARCH TRAINING COURSE
  • FANTASY 1: 1780-1950
  • One optional course

Semester 2 - January to March

  • FANTASY 2: 1950 TO THE PRESENT
  • Two optional courses

Summer - April to September

  • FANTASY DISSERTATION

Delivery

All taught courses are 20 credits and are delivered in weekly 2-hour seminars or equivalent.

Seminars are taught to the extent that the student members meet regularly with a tutor and proceed through a planned sequence of reading and discussion. The working style, however, is exploratory rather than didactic; students are expected to engage fully with primary sources, to develop, express and take responsibility for their own opinions and to work towards independent argument and expression in their resulting coursework and dissertation.

Optional courses

You may choose from the available optional courses offered by any of the Masters programmes in the School of Critical Studies; see in particular the courses listed under the MLitt English Literature general pathway. You may also opt for courses from other Masters programmes in the College of Arts (subject to approval by the relevant convener). One course can be taken at Honours level.

Examples of possible options include:

  • CHILDREN'S FANTASY LITERATURE
  • CREATIVE WRITING FICTION
  • DECADENCE AND THE MODERN
  • EARLY MODERN MYTHMAKING
  • FANTASY ACROSS MEDIA
  • FANTASIES OF ENERGY (PGT)
  • SCIENCE FICTION 1945-PRESENT

For further information please contact the convener.

The critical and analytical skills you develop and the ability to conduct rigorous independent study make this programme an ideal step towards an academic career. Graduates from English Literature have also gone on to careers in:

  • writing
  • editing
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • media

MLitt

University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Rankings

The University:

  • ranked joint 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • ranked joint 92nd in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2021
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 months after …
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