Department of European Languages and Cultures

Postgraduate study

Choose from a range of taught interdisciplinary 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 brings together specialists in nine European languages with experts in film, literature, theatre, and translation. Many of our masters and PhD programmes draw on expertise from across these multiple subject areas, as well as the wider University. This means that you can be supervised by more than one member of staff and in more than one discipline or language.

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 programmes


Masters by Research programmes


Doctor of Philosophy (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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Postgraduate study in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Funding for postgraduate study in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures