English Literature

Taught masters

Strengthen your existing skills, develop new ones, and sharpen your focus on the aspects of literature that interest you most.

What can I study? 

Our School typically offers a wide range of postgraduate taught masters (MSc) programmes in English Literature and related disciplines, though please note that we are limiting the number of programmes with a start date of September 2020 in order to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the high-quality experience of our students. If you are interested in joining us later, applications usually open in October (e.g. October 2020 for September 2021 entry).

 

MSc in Book History and Material Culture

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), and based in the Centre for the History of the Book, our taught Masters programme brings together theory and practice in this dynamic and rapidly growing area. Focusing on the production, circulation and reception of books and print, including rare books, manuscripts and special collections, you'll study two core courses and two option courses, receive training in research methods, and complete a 60-credit dissertation.

Full-time, one year ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students)

Please note that we are not accepting applications to study this programme in 2020. If you are interested in joining us later, applications usually open in October (e.g. October 2020 for September 2021 entry).

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MSc in Creative Writing - running in 2020

Tailored towards your practice in either fiction or poetry, this taught Masters programme will help you develop your creative and critical skills in a supportive community of intelligent readers and acute listeners. As well as practical workshops, you’ll take creative practice seminars and option courses in literature, helping you move from theoretical considerations to practical applications. The programme culminates with the publication of ‘From Arthur’s Seat’, an anthology of student work.

Full-time, one year

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MSc in Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the present - running in 2020

This taught Masters programme considers the ways literature since 1900 has sought to change and ‘modernise’ itself in the context of wider developments of modernity: historical, intellectual, culture, political and philosophical. It comprises core courses on modernist aesthetics and late modernism and beyond, two option courses drawn from a broad and fascinating field, and training in research methods. You will also complete a 60-credit dissertation.

Full-time, one year ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students)

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MSc in Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic & Victorian

This taught Masters programme explores the relationship between literary writing and political and social discourse in Britain and Ireland between the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688 and the end of the 19th century. It comprises core courses in Enlightenment and Romanticism (1688-1815) and Romanticism and Victorian Society (1815-1900), two option courses chosen from a wide range, and training in research methods. You will also complete a 60-credit dissertation.

Full-time, one year ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students)

Please note that we are not accepting applications to study this programme in 2020. If you are interested in joining us later, applications usually open in October (e.g. October 2020 for September 2021 entry).

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MSc in Playwriting

Led by award-winning playwright Nicola McCartney, our MSc in Playwriting is unique in the UK for its level of contact with the theatre industry. Taught through seminars, workshops, one-to-one supervision and professional masterclasses by some of Europe’s leading playwrights and theatre artists, it focuses not only on the craft of writing for performance, but also on how a script plays out in real space and time, and in front of an audience, culminating in the reading of your work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Full-time, one year ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students)

Please note that we are not accepting applications to study this programme in 2020. If you are interested in joining us later, applications usually open in October (e.g. October 2020 for September 2021 entry).

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MSc in US Literature - Cultural Values from Revolution to Empire

On this taught Masters programme you’ll critically engage with some of the key texts, from the canonical to the sometimes neglected, that have helped shape American self-perception and national self-image over the last 250 years. You will take two core courses in writing the American Republic, taking you from the Enlightenment to 9/11, and two option courses chosen from a wide range, as well as receiving training in research methods. You will also complete a 60-credit dissertation.

Full-time, one year ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students)

Please note that we are not accepting applications to study this programme in 2020. If you are interested in joining us later, applications usually open in October (e.g. October 2020 for September 2021 entry).

Find out more on the University of Edinburgh Degree Finder

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