MLitt in Medieval and Modern Languages

The MLitt (Master of Letters) is a research degree which can only be awarded to DPhil students who, for unforeseen circumstances, are unable to complete their DPhil degree, and therefore is not a course that can be applied to in the first instance. Candidates for an MLitt write a thesis and are examined by a viva voce (oral) examination. Candidates work under the guidance of a supervisor who is a specialist in their subject. Where two areas of expertise are essential, joint supervision is arranged. MLitt candidates will possess good general knowledge of the field of learning within which the topic of the thesis falls, demonstrate competence in investigating their chosen subject, may gain the degree by reassessing published material, and will write a dissertation of 50,000 words in length. The MLitt requires a minimum of two years’ study and is completed typically within 2-3 years.


Advanced graduates in Medieval and Modern Languages learn to work independently, to organise complex material and meet deadlines, skills which are valued in many different contexts. In combination with the Humanities Division, the Faculty also offers regular training in publishing, editing, entrepreneurship, and Digital Humanities. Recent graduates of the MLitt have gone on to work in areas teaching, journalism, law, publishing and the civil service.


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