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?

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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 (selected programmes only - eligibility criteria apply)

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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 (selected programmes only - eligibility criteria apply)

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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, three years (all students) ꟾ part-time, six years (eligibility criteria apply)

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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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), our research was submitted in Modern Languages and Linguistics (UOA 26).

​​​The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - third in the UK based on the quality and breadth of its research in UOA 26 alone, according to Times Higher Education's REF power ratings.

The Research Excellence Framework is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Our REF performance recognises that our excellent work has a direct impact both nationally and internationally in politics, business and the third sector.

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Read more about LLC's performance in REF 2021

QS World Rankings by Subject 2022

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we’re in the World Top 10 for Arts & Humanities (9) and Modern Languages (10).

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, along with research citations.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

Are you currently studying with us?

There’s lots more information for taught and postgraduate research students on our LLC Student Information Hub. You will need your student log in to access the site.

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