Postgraduate study in Book History and Material Culture
Our taught masters programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students)
March 2021 - Please note that we are not accepting applications for 2021 entry to this programme.
Book History is a dynamic and rapidly growing area of interdisciplinary study that attends to the book as an artefact in material culture. It reminds us that ideas circulate through a material world of things, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary e-readers. It explains how print rose to a position of cultural dominance between the 1430s and 1800 and in doing so helped to structure new institutions, new models of social organisation, new political ideologies, new religious movements, new sociologies of knowledge, and new understandings of the self. And it equips us to understand the communications revolution that we are currently living through, as the book migrates from print to digital media.
Based in the Centre for the History of the Book, with Professor Tom Mole as Programme Director, our taught MSc in Book History and Material Culture brings together theory and practice in innovative ways. The programme is distinctive for its integration of traditional bibliography, training in special collections, and advanced theoretical approaches. Focusing on the production, circulation and reception of books and print, including rare books, manuscripts and special collections, you'll study two core courses and two option courses, receive training in research methods, and complete a 60-credit dissertation of 15,000 words with the guidance of a supervisor.
The MSc in Book History and Material Culture has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). It draws on expertise from across the University of Edinburgh, in particular from staff in English Literature, and from the Centre for Research Collections in the Main University Library. The programme attracts outstanding students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds in the UK and internationally.