English Literature

Masters by Research programmes

Choose from a range of Masters by Research programmes in English Literature and related disciplines.

What can I study?

Masters by Research in English Literature

This highly flexible programme enables you to complete a Masters by Research (MScR) degree through a combination of coursework (two essays of 6,000 words on topics related to your research focus, plus assignments in research skills and methods) and a final dissertation of 15,000 words. Drawing on our academic staff’s extensive breadth of expertise, we are able to support students wishing to develop research projects in any field of Anglophone literary studies.

We have particular strengths in each of the main periods of English and Scottish Literature – medieval, renaissance/early modern, enlightenment, romantic, Victorian, modernist, post-war, contemporary and 21st century. We also have concentrations of expertise in American studies, in literary and critical theory, the history of the book, gender and sexuality studies, and in global Anglophone literatures - where our specialisms include Pacific, African, South Asian, and African-American writing. Emergent research themes in the department include the digital humanities, the economic humanities, the environmental humanities and literature and medicine.

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (eligibility criteria apply)

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MSc by Research in Gender & Culture

On this programme, you will explore the construction of gender in cultural texts through a combination of coursework and a final dissertation, gaining the expertise to situate your area of specialisation and representation within the wider field of Gender Studies. We cover an exceptional range of historical periods and locations, from the Middle Ages to the present, in Asia, Europe, South America, North America and the Middle East. You will also be encouraged and supported to critically engage with established and emerging approaches in feminism, queer theory, critical theory, and postcolonialism.

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (eligibility criteria apply)

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Entrance requirements, fees, funding and more...

You can find out about entrance requirements, start dates, fees and scholarship opportunities for all our Masters by Research programmes on the University of Edinburgh’s Degree Finder. Degree Finder links straight through to EUCLID, the online system for applying to postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh. 

Applications to start an MScR programme in September 2022 are now open.

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