Centre for the History of the Book

MSc

This one-year taught postgraduate degree brings together theory and practice in new and innovative ways. The programme is distinctive for its integration of traditional bibliography, training in special collections, and advanced theoretical approaches. The MSc in Book History and Material Culture has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

 

About

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This one-year taught postgraduate degree brings together theory and practice in new and innovative ways. The programme is distinctive for its integration of traditional bibliography, advanced theoretical approaches, training in special collections, and hands-on work placements.

Aims and outcomes

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The MSc is designed both for continuing students and those returning to higher education to further their careers with an advanced degree. We welcome students aiming to pursue doctoral research and an academic career, and students seeking to pursue a postgraduate degree related to their professional experience in publishing, libraries, archives, or museums.

Programme structure

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The MSc in Book History and Material Culture consists of two core courses, one course in research methods, two option courses, and a 15,000-word dissertation written under the supervision of a faculty member. Students have the option to complete a credit-bearing work placement as part of their degree.

Teaching and assessment

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This programme consists of taught elements and a dissertation.

Resources

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Edinburgh offers an unparalleled combination of resources and expertise for the study of Book History. Edinburgh was designated UNESCO's first World City of Literature, and is host to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, in addition to the world’s largest arts festival.

Past students

Graduating students
Graduates from the MSc in Book History and Material Culture go on to work in a variety of fields, including curation, conservation, and academia.

Fees and Funding

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Information on fees and funding opportunities.

Contact details and FAQ

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Entry requirements and apply online

Apply online for this MSc programme.

Entry requirements and apply online

Programme handbooks

View the current student handbook for this programme.

Programme handbook 2015-16

Work placement

Optional work placements allow students to take advantage of the exceptional resources in Edinburgh for the study of books in order to gain hands-on experience that will be beneficial in their future careers.

Work placement

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