Postgraduate study

MSc by Research programmes

Develop your subject expertise and research skills at masters level. Choose from 18 programmes across literatures, languages and cultures.

A Masters (MScR) by Research programme is ideal if you have a clear idea for a piece of independent, postgraduate research.

It is typically completed over one year of full-time study, although a two-year, part-time option is available for UK/EU students on most programmes.

Depending on what you want to achieve, you may have the option to attend taught classes and complete coursework, as well as receiving training in research methods and writing a dissertation under expert supervision.

We’re here to help you shape your research to suit your interests, skills and intended career path. While many of our students go on to take a PhD, others move into careers in sectors where they can apply project management and research skills in different ways.

What can I study?

We are offering 18 Masters (MScR) by Research programmes across literatures, languages and cultures for 2021 entry.

All links take you to the University of Edinburgh's online Degree Finder, where you can find out more about each programme and apply. 

Celtic Studies Chinese English Literature I: coursework + dissertation English Literature II: dissertation only
Eng Lit: Postcolonial Literature

Eng Lit: Scottish Literature


Gender and Culture


Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES)

Italian Japanese
Korean Studies Medieval Studies Russian  Scandinavian Studies
Scottish Ethnology Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (Hispanic Studies)  


Find out more and apply

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 also links straight through to EUCLID, the online system for applying to postgraduate programmes at the University.

Applications for Masters by Research (MScR) programmes open in October of the year before entry and close in July of the year of entry.

Applications to start an MScR programme in September 2021 will open on 1st October 2020 and close at the end of July 2021.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Postgraduate Research Office.

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