Postgraduate study

Taught masters programmes

Expand your horizons. Choose from a range of masters programmes across literatures, languages and cultures.

Why take a taught postgraduate masters in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures?

A taught postgraduate masters programme is an excellent opportunity to strengthen your existing skills, develop new ones, and sharpen your focus on the aspects of your subject that interest you most.

As one of the largest and most diverse Schools in the University of Edinburgh, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is the ideal place to study for a year or more in preparation for a range of careers or for a research degree such as a PhD.

Our interdisciplinary environment means that many of our postgraduate masters programmes draw on expertise from multiple subject areas and you’ll be immersed in a world of learning, with myriad opportunities to participate beyond the classroom. Events range from research and work-in-progress seminars, to reading groups, conferences, workshops, performances, and online journals and forums, many of which are student-led.

Our graduates tell us that they value LLC’s friendliness, the connections they make here and the in-depth guidance they receive from our staff, who are experts in their field. As well as excellent School resources, you’ll benefit from the advice and guidance of the Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development, as well as the University’s fantastic libraries and collections and strategic partnerships with institutions across Edinburgh and beyond.

What can I study?

We typically offer a wide range of taught postgraduate masters programmes. All links in our table take you to the University of Edinburgh's online Degree Finder, where you can find out more about what's involved in the MSc. Applications are not currently open - listings for 2020 are for information only at this point. Applications for 2021 entry go live on 1st October 2020.

Book History and Material Culture - MSc

Comparative Literature - MSc

Creative Writing - MSc

East Asian Relations - MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation - MSc

Film Studies - MSc

The Globalised Muslim World - MSc *new for 2021*

Intermediality: Literature, Film and the Arts in Dialogue - MSc

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies - MSc Korean Studies - MSc

Literature and Modernity:

1900 to the Present - MSc

Literature and Society:

Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian - MSc

Translation Studies- MSc


Your study at a glance

  • Over the course of your programme, you’ll complete a mix of core and optional courses and an independent dissertation.
  • Most programmes take a single year to complete, full-time. Many are also offered on a two-year, part-time basis for UK/EU students. A small number take two years to complete, full-time.
  • For your dissertation, you’ll be supervised by one or more members of staff with expertise in your area of interest.
  • Ordinarily, you’ll be based at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, in the city’s historic centre, close to the Main University Library and the National Library of Scotland. Our festival city, the first UNESCO World City of Literature, is a treasure trove of cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and collections.


Find out more and apply

You can find out about entrance requirements, start dates, fees and scholarship opportunities for all our taught postgraduate masters 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.

Applications for masters programmes open in October of the year before entry and close in July of the year of entry.

Applications to start a masters 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 Office.

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