Choose from a range of taught and research-led postgraduate programmes, from one-year masters to PhDs.
As global dynamics shift, an in-depth knowledge of diverse languages, literatures and cultures becomes ever more relevant, critical and sought after. Influencing the world since 1583, the University of Edinburgh is the ideal place to further your understanding.
The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) offers both focused and interdisciplinary programmes in one of the widest range of languages of any UK university, and in the oldest department of English Literature in the UK - one of the longest established in the world. We are a leading centre for the study of film, including exhibition and curation, and for comparative literature, book history, and translation.
Our international community is based at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, drawing connections between people and cultures both within and beyond our School, and thriving on our place in a global festival city. 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 have made and the in-depth guidance of our staff, who are experts in their field and passionate about what they do. We are proud of our traditions, but we are also a place of bold experimentation, always curious.
Why take a postgraduate programme?
Whether taught or research-based, a postgraduate programme is an excellent opportunity to strengthen your existing skills, develop new ones, sharpen your focus on the aspects of your subject that interest you most, and make an original, positive contribution to learning in the arts and humanities. By the end of your programme, you will have planned, managed and completed an independent piece of research or creative work under expert supervision, preparing you for a range of careers, including further research.
What can I study?
Usually completed over one year (if studying full-time), taught masters (MSc) programmes typically comprise a combination of core and optional courses taught by specialists in the field, training in research methods, coursework, and an independent dissertation or piece of creative work.
Ideal if you have a clear idea of the independent research you wish to undertake, a Masters (MScR) by Research programme is usually completed over one year (if studying full-time). On most programmes, you’ll attend taught classes and complete two pieces of coursework, as well as receiving training in research methods and writing a 15,000 word dissertation under expert supervision. In some subjects, there is the option to take a different pathway in which you complete a single dissertation of 30,000 words, as well as training in research methods.
Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise by making an in-depth contribution to learning in the arts and humanities. If studying full-time, you'll aim to complete your PhD in three years (six for part-time study), completing an original body of work under the expert guidance of a supervision team.
How and when do I apply?
If you’d like to study on any of our postgraduate programmes, you apply through the University of Edinburgh’s online Degree Finder and its associated application service, EUCLID.
Before choosing the Degree Finder entry for your programme, it’s worth reading the University’s general guide to applying for Postgraduate Study, which includes advice on writing a personal statement, choosing your referees and more.
Degree Finder gives you in-depth information about what you can expect from each of our postgraduate programmes, as well as advice on entrance requirements, start dates, fees and scholarship opportunities for that programme.
Applications to start a programme in September 2021 are now open.
Fees and funding
Fees depend on your own circumstances and the programme you’re studying.
The University of Edinburgh Tuition Fees website has all the information you need about your fee status, how much you’ll pay to study your chosen programme, and the University’s Fee Policy.
There are a number of funding opportunities, such as scholarship and tuition fee discount schemes, available to our postgraduate students. You can find out which awards you can apply for, and how loans can help finance your study, on our funding pages.
Tell us what you think of a potential new postgraduate opportunity
We would like to hear your views on a potential new postgraduate opportunity in East Asian Studies. This taught MSc programme on the humanities and social sciences of East Asia would be aimed at students with a background in the study of China, Japan, or Korea. It would either be an on-campus or ‘hybrid’ programme.
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Get in touch
As a response to COVID-19, some of us are on campus while others are working remotely.
You can contact us Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm BST.
We can’t answer any calls at this time, but you can email us and one of us will get back to you as soon as we can.
If you are holding an offer to study with us, your enquiry is best answered by the College Postgraduate Admissions team.
You may also be interested in the University's Online Mini Open Days which run monthly throughout the year.
Are you currently studying with us?
There’s lots more information on our pages for continuing postgraduate students.
QS World Rankings by Subject 2021
The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for both Modern Languages and English Language and Literature.
We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities - 11th in the world.
Globally, we place joint 7th in the world for English Language and Literature, and 13th for Modern Languages.
The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on research citations and the results of major global surveys of employers and academics.
They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.