English Literature

Edinburgh is proud to house the oldest department of English Literature in the world.

An undergraduate degree in English Literature gives you a deeper understanding of the workings of literary texts and their place in societies past and present.

The graduate studies section of the Department of English Literature at Edinburgh is one of the largest and most vibrant postgraduate communities in the United Kingdom.

Books in the main library

The Department of English Literature is involved in a variety of research and projects including the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, Britain’s oldest literary awards.

Find out more about Britain's oldest literary awards.

Contact details and further information about our staff in English Literature