Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: English Literature and Scottish Literature

Why choose English Literature and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are the oldest department of English Literature in the UK; one of the longest established in the world. We are one of very few universities to teach a full Honours programme in Scottish Literature. Across both subjects, you can choose from an extensive range of option courses, particularly in your Honours years.

  • We're ranked in the world's top 10 universities for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • With multiple student societies for literature and drama enthusiasts, our large community has lots to offer, including reading and writers’ groups, poetry slams, creative writing magazines, guest seminars, a Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (LitPALS), and a Writer-in-Residence.

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I’ve always appreciated the power of literature, the way that it can inspire and shape the world around it, whilst painting a different picture in the mind of every reader.

Chloe-Anne Banks 4th year MA (Hons) English Literature & History
Chloe-Anne Banks 4th year MA (Hons) English Literature & History

Introducing English Literature and Scottish Literature

By enhancing your unique literary and critical faculties, studying English and Scottish Literature prepares you to contribute to a society in which an understanding of texts of all kinds is crucially important.

You can take a single honours programme in either English Literature or Scottish Literature, combine both in a joint honours programme, or take either with one of a wide range of other subjects, including English Language, and a number of European languages.

Whichever programme you choose, you will develop your analytic, linguistic and creative skills by engaging with a broad range of texts and a variety of approaches to reading. You will explore the cultural contexts of writing from the late Middle Ages to the present and develop a detailed knowledge of specific topics, periods or genres, depending on your interests.

Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's central area in a world-leading capital city. Home of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, its outstanding libraries, collections and literary venues range from the National Library of Scotland to the Scottish Poetry Library, Writers’ Museum and Scottish Storytelling Centre.