Department of European Languages and Cultures

Undergraduate study

Choose from seven single honours degrees, and over 100 joint honours degrees, in a University ranked 12th for Modern Languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Your learning at a glance

  • You can study nine European languages to degree level with us: French; Danish; German; Italian; Portuguese; Norwegian; Russian; Spanish; and Swedish. You can take them as single honours degrees, or jointly with one of a wide range of other subjects (both languages and non-languages).
  • You’ll complete a four-year MA degree, with your third year typically spent in full, or in part, in a country relevant to your chosen language(s). This is an excellent way to turn classroom learning into lived experience.
  • You’ll study your chosen language(s) and culture(s) across a range of periods and disciplines, with options in, for example, film, literature, politics and history. Whether you do single or joint honours, you’ll engage with a broad range of subjects in your first two years, and specialise thereafter.
  • You’ll be part of a large community of language learners in a School with lots going on in European Languages and Cultures, from its own creative writing magazine to film screenings and student-led plays.
  • You’ll typically be based at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, in the city’s historic centre, close to the Main University Library and the National Library of Scotland.


Studying French

Learn the French language and explore the exciting contribution of French speakers to world culture as part of a single or joint honours degree.

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Studying German

Learn German and explore literature and culture as part of a single or joint honours degree.

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Studying Hispanic languages

Spanish and Portuguese are two of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Their fascinating literatures and cultures are diverse and vibrant and have influenced countries and cultures around the world.

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Studying Italian

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Italy as part of a single or joint honours degree.

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Studying Russian

Russia is the world’s largest country and has the fifth most-used language in the world. After a period of political, social and economic transformation, Russia is playing an increasingly larger role in international politics.

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Studying Scandinavian languages

The languages, history, politics and culture of the Scandinavian countries have had a considerable impact beyond the Nordic region.

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Degree programmes

Browse all of the programmes offered by Literatures, Languages and Cultures in European languages.

Degree programmes

Visit us

Our undergraduate Open Days are a great chance to find out about student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best: our students and staff. Our next Open Days will be for learners wishing to start their undergraduate degree in 2021. These events will be taking place later this year.

Keep up to date with Open Day information on the University of Edinburgh website