English Literature

Edinburgh is proud to house the oldest department of English Literature in the world.

Develop a deeper understanding of how literary texts work, and of the varying and vital roles they play in our lives and societies, past and present, in a single or joint honours degree.

Choose from a range of taught and research-led programmes and join one of the UK's largest and most vibrant communities of postgraduate English Literature students.

Books in the main library

The Department of English Literature is involved in a variety of research and projects including the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, Britain’s oldest literary awards.

Find out more about Britain's oldest literary awards.

Contact details and further information about our staff in English Literature