This new one-year taught postgraduate programme explores how science, technology and medicine have been represented and imagined in literature, and how literary and scientific practices have interacted, since the Enlightenment. Science has become an integral part of modern literary culture in novels, poetry, life-writing and science fiction. At the same time, literary forms have often been used in science-writing, especially when aimed at a wide public. This taught Masters explores these varied interactions as a way of understanding the meanings of science in modern Western culture.


  • Interdisciplinary: both literary and historical perspectives covered in our modules
  • Wide choice of periods, topics and literary traditions, including the option of independent study
  • Taught by leading researchers in the disciplines of English, Creative Writing, History & Philosophy of Science, Hispanic Studies, French Studies, Irish & Scottish Studies and Film & Visual Culture
  • No prior specialist knowledge needed: open to anyone with an interest in exploring this area
  • Superb library resources and on-campus facilities at one of Britain’s oldest universities
  • The only programme of its kind in the UK


For more information about the programme or on how to apply, please visit our webpage at

or contact the Programme Coordinator, Professor Ralph O’Connor ([email protected]).