Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Taught masters programmes

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

Why take a taught MSc 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.

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 (eligibility criteria apply).
  • For your dissertation, you’ll be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your area of interest.
  • You'll typically 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.

What can I study?

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 each MSc. Applications for 2021 entry are now open. Revision: this section was revised in March 2021 to remove the MSc in Book History and Material Culture which will not be running in the 2021/22 academic year.

Comparative Literature - MSc

Creative Writing - MSc

East Asian Relations - MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation - MSc
Film Studies - MSc The Globalised Muslim World - MSc

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

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 to start a masters programme in September 2021 are now open.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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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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QS World Rankings by Subject 2021

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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 the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, as well as research citations.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

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