Department of European Languages and Cultures

Postgraduate study

Choose from a range of taught and research-led programmes, from one-year masters degrees to PhDs.

What's it like to study here?

Photo of a research workshop
Students participating in a workshop on Italian Art and Design in the 1960s led by guest presenter Professor Giuliana Pieri as part of the DELC Research Seminar Series

As one of the largest and most diverse Schools in the University of Edinburgh, offering one of the widest range of languages of any UK university, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is the ideal place for postgraduate study.

Our interdisciplinary environment in European Languages and Cultures brings together specialists in nine European languages, and the many cultures worldwide in which they're spoken, with experts in film, literature, theatre, translation and intermediality - the relationship between different art forms. Working with colleagues elsewhere in LLC, and across the wider University, we are able to support research which crosses boundaries between disciplines and/or languages.

You’ll be immersed in a world of learning, with lots of opportunities to participate in our postgraduate community beyond your own study. Events range from talks by visiting speakers and work-in-progress seminars, to reading groups, conferences, workshops, performances, online journals and forums, many of which are student-led.

Our graduates tell us that they value LLC’s friendliness, the connections they make here and the in-depth guidance they receive from our staff, who are experts in their field. Between LLC, the Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development, you’ll find a range of programmes and resources to help you develop your postgraduate skills, as well as having access to the University’s fantastic libraries, collections and worldwide strategic partnerships.

What can I study?

Taught masters (MSc) programmes

Many of the School's interdisciplinary taught masters programmes include the option to focus on European languages and cultures, for example in comparison or in translation.

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students on selected programmes)

Browse our range of taught masters (MSc) programmes

Masters by Research (MScR) programmes

You can take a Masters by Research programme in each of our subject areas, as well as interdisciplinary programmes involving European languages and cultures.

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students on selected programmes)

Browse our range of Masters by Research (MScR) programmes

PhD (doctoral) programmes

You can take a PhD programme in each of our subject areas, as well as interdisciplinary programmes involving European languages and cultures.

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students on selected programmes)

Browse our range of PhD programmes

Not sure which programme is right for you?

We're happy to help you decide between taught and research-led masters programmes.

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