The MLitt Contemporary Studies is a one-year interdisciplinary Masters degree that explores the nature of the contemporary and draws on epistemologies and methodologies from the humanities, the social sciences, and the physical and life sciences.
This interdisciplinary degree involves academic staff from the following Schools:
- Art History
- Computer Science
- Economics and Finance
- Modern Languages
- Psychology and Neuroscience
- Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies
- Physics and Astronomy.
- Brings together students and academic staff from the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences offering a unique interdisciplinary degree.
- Broadens students’ knowledge base and greatly enhances their skills of analysis, synthesis, and communication.
- Enables those looking to continue to doctoral study to return to and potentially enrich their “home” disciplines with new perspectives and methodologies.
- Summer research project can take the form of a practice-based submission comprising a practical component (such as a video essay, curation work, website design) with a written reflective component or a standard written dissertation.
What might a specialist in English literature, a computer scientist, and a physicist have to say about climate change? How might a linguist, a social anthropologist, and a biologist approach concepts of time in the 21st century? The MLitt Contemporary Studies considers how issues deemed to be contemporary are approached differently by different academic disciplines as well as by those outside academia. Bringing together academic staff from the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, this programme offers an interdisciplinary degree that is unique within St Andrews and rare in any academic context in the UK.
The multidisciplinary approach means that you will think beyond the concepts, theories, and methodologies of any single academic discipline as well as learn how to challenge disciplinary stereotypes and start to develop a common lexicon that bridges disciplinary divides.
You will also have the opportunity to complete two short placements (of up to three days each). Placements will be hosted within the University or with an external agency. The placements serve to promote engagement and communication beyond the academic context and to build on the skills set that you can offer to future employers.
Whatever your disciplinary background, the MLitt Contemporary Studies will help you to see it in a new light.
The MLitt degree requires two semesters of full-time coursework, normally equivalent to six modules.
The MLitt involves both independent and group study. Modules have different methods of delivery, including:
- written assignments
- practical work
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.