Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Spotlight on... QS World Rankings by Subject 2020

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. 

Globally, we’ve climbed five places in Modern Languages to 12th in the world and, in English Language and Literature, we’ve risen two places to break into the World Top 10 at number nine. 

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings system ranks 1,000 universities in 82 different locations. It is the only ranking system to have received International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approval.

Browse the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 on Top Universities

Open Language courses are free to all University of Edinburgh students, and you can take one at any stage of your undergraduate or postgraduate programme. Each course lasts one semester and can be taken for 20 credits or for extra credit, depending on your other study commitments. Classes are suitable for complete beginners.

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