English Literature

Welcome to English and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

A UNESCO World City of Literature, Edinburgh is a remarkable place to study, write, publish, discuss and perform prose, poetry and drama.

We teach over 30 single and joint MA undergraduate honours programmes in English and Scottish Literature, all of which take four years to complete, and a full range of taught and research-led postgraduate programmes, from one-year masters degrees to PhDs.

Study with us and you will be based in the historic centre of a world-leading festival city, close to many national libraries, resources and collections.

With expert staff, including a fantastic Writer-in-Residence, and multiple student societies for literature and drama enthusiasts, our large community has lots to offer.

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Take a single or joint honours degree and develop your analytic, linguistic and creative skills by engaging with a broad range of texts and a variety of approaches to reading.

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.

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