Short Courses

Literature and Theatre

Through our popular literature courses you can discover and explore novels, short-stories, drama and poetry in many genres and from across the globe. Whether you would like to visit established classics or try something a bit different, our courses are delivered by the highest quality teachers, providing a truly unique experience.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to everyone. As a credit student, you will matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. For more information, please visit the Studying for Credit pages.

Studying for Credit


Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!


Counting the Times: Contemporary British Short Fiction
Introduction to Scottish Literature: The Literature of Edinburgh (Credit) *NEW 20 week course*
The Contemporary American Novel
Vampire Fiction

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2019)

Daytime and Evening

Extended Essay: Literature (Credit) *NEW 20 credit course* 


Fiction from Five Continents
Jacobean Drama
Rooms of Their Own: Feminist Thought in Literature (Credit)
The Great Detectives: The Americans (Credit)
The Monthly Read 


Exploring Science Fiction (Credit)
Introduction to Gothic Literature (Credit)
Reckless Brevity: The International Short Story

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2019)


Banned Books: Novels Which Have Courted Controversy (Credit)
Fearsome Triviality: Ten Novellas
Fiction from  New Europe
Medieval Literature from the Reign of Richard II
The Monthly Read


20th Century Italian Fiction
Dark Fairy Tales 
Understanding Poetry (Credit)


For all general enquiries relating to the course, such as places available or location, please contact COL by phoning +44(0)131 650 4400 or emailing

Our Course Organisers can help you with enquiries about the academic content of courses.

Rachael King

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