English Literature

Aims and outcomes

The MSc is designed both for continuing students and those returning to higher education to further their careers with an advanced degree. We welcome students aiming to pursue doctoral research and an academic career, and students seeking to pursue a postgraduate degree related to their professional experience in publishing, libraries, archives, or museums.

Student and tutor examining books

You can see some of our recent graduates here:

Past students

In addition to their training, coursework and individual research, all students will have the opportunity to benefit from hands-on experience of working in Edinburgh’s libraries, archives and museums. See ‘Programme Structure’ for more information on our work placements.

Programme Structure

The programme can be taken full-time or part-time. Please see ‘Fees and Funding’ for information about programme costs and funding opportunities.

Fees and Funding

By the end of the programme, students will have an enhanced understanding of:

  • The current state of historical and theoretical scholarship in the field of Book History
  • The extensive range of media forms and technologies, from manuscript to electronic text
  • The issues surrounding conservation, cataloguing, digitisation, and the display and management of collections
  • Advanced archival research methodologies in manuscript and print

Students taking the work placement option will also gain skills related to their work placement with a library, museum, gallery, publisher, bookseller or private collector.