Postgraduate study

Intermediality: Literature, Film and the Arts in Dialogue MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

As the first UNESCO World City of Literature, home of the Edinburgh International Festival and a major cultural hub, Edinburgh is the ideal place for the study of intermediality, that is, the interrelations between different art forms and their signification.

Our one-year taught Masters programme draws on world-class teaching and research expertise across media, from literature to film, music, painting, photography and visual culture more widely.

The programme will make you conversant with intermedial theory and equip you with the critical tools and historical background for understanding and analysing a wide range of intermedial phenomena across different periods and cultures, from ancient Rome to contemporary China, with an emphasis on the modern and contemporary period. It can also be completed part-time over two years.

You will be encouraged to develop your own area of interest and expertise, with specially-designed option courses offering a detailed focus on the interplay between different art forms in, for instance, film adaptation, photo-literature, poetry and music, the graphic novel and modern screen cultures. This leads to a final dissertation, pursuing your research interests further and developing your research skills.

Based in a world-leading festival city, our MSc draws on the expertise of research-active teaching staff from across the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). Literature and the arts have been taught here for over 250 years and we are exceptional in having a leading international art college within the University of Edinburgh.

You will be part of a friendly, international community of staff and students from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, each with their own perspective on literature and the arts, with lots of opportunities to discuss and present your work. LLC and ECA have excellent links with cultural partners in the city and organise a regular series of talks and events.

Combining core courses with optional courses, training in research skills, methods and problems, and a dissertation, will help you understand the theory and practice of intermediality, as well as developing your independent research skills to publication standard. Many of our graduates have gone on to complete PhDs.

You will have access to a wide range of resources, including The University of Edinburgh Library, the National Library of Scotland, Scottish Poetry Library, and numerous theatres, museums, galleries and cinemas, including the Traverse Theatre, National Galleries of Scotland, Stills Gallery (Scotland’s Centre for Photography) and Filmhouse.

You can take the MSc Intermediality: Literature, Film and the Other Arts over one year, full-time, or two years, part-time.

Over the duration of the programme, you will take four core courses, and two optional courses. Each course is worth 20 credits.

The core courses are in Theories of Intermediality, and Research Skills, Methods and Problems, moving from general research skills to specific research problems, theories and methods, preparing you for your dissertation.

We make recommendations for optional courses based on their intermedial element, but there are a broad range of subjects to choose from every year. Typically, they include*:

*(Revised 13 October 2020 to include elective courses.)

*(Revised 28 January 2021 to reinstate Poetry, Music and Translation course.)

*(Revised 12 March 2021 to include links to elective courses.)

Please note that all option courses are subject to availability and that some may have limited spaces. Further details, based on the current academic year, are available on the University of Edinburgh online course catalogue.

The final element of the programme is your dissertation, a piece of independent research - 15,000 words (worth 60 credits) - written with the advice and support of a designated supervisor.

On completion of the programme you will have gained:

  • a thorough understanding of intermediality, as a subject and as a practice
  • knowledge of a number of theories and different approaches to the study of intermediality, and the ability to use them for analysis of literary texts, films and other art forms
  • the ability to focus in detail on the interactions between different art forms and to analyse a range of art works from an intermedial perspective
  • transferable skills such as critical thinking, analytical and interpretative ability, communication and writing skills

This interdisciplinary programme will give you the skills and experience to develop your independent research interests in a broad range of fields.

You may decide to concentrate on an academic career or use your acquired skills in art institutions such as museums, galleries or cinemas. You may also choose to pursue a career in media companies, education or in cultural policy and administration.

The discipline and confidence you’ll develop from a range of activities - from evaluating, comparing and analysing texts, to writing and speaking about your work - are invaluable in a range of professional roles.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

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  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2021/22:

Round Application deadline Places awarded by
1 6 November 2020 18 December 2020
2 15 January 2021 9 March 2021
3 22 March 2021 12 May 2021
4 28 May 2021 16 July 2021
5 30 June 2021 9 August 2021

The online application process involves the completion of a web form and the submission of supporting documents.

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Further information

  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH