English Literature and Scottish Literature
Information for offer holders on single and joint honours degree programmes involving English Literature and Scottish Literature. Welcome!
Welcome from Professor Jeremy Robbins, Head of School
Thank you for your interest in the subject area of English Literature and Scottish Literature. Whichever programme you hold an offer for, congratulations on receiving it. I’m delighted that you are interested in studying with us, and we very much hope that you will join our community.
The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) has the UK’s oldest department of literature; one of the longest established in the world. Our students and graduates tell us that they value the School’s friendliness, the connections they have made here, and the in-depth guidance of our staff, who are experts in their field and passionate about what they do.
As well as the School’s professional Student Support Office, we have a very well-established Peer Support Group for literature, and a brilliant in-house Writer in Residence. There are lots of student societies for literature and drama enthusiasts.
Edinburgh is the first UNESCO World City of Literature, a fantastic literary city which many greats of English and Scottish literature have called home.
Ordinarily, we’d be welcoming you to our building in the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s Central Area, just across George Square from the Main Library, and a short walk from the National Library of Scotland. As we can’t do that just now, we’ve provided as much information as we can here to help you on your way to choosing the right university for you.
Good luck, and we hope to see you in September.
Recording from our recent offer holder event
If you missed our live subject presentation, catch up now to learn more about English and Scottish Literature at Edinburgh and the range of support and opportunities available to you throughout your studies.
- Video: English and Scottish Literature
- Our academic staff explain what it will be like to study English and Scottish Literature at Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a place where culture, literature and history coalesce, and students at the University have the privilege of being surrounded with. One of the best things about studying English Literature here is that academic study is only part of the whole experience; the extra-curriculars add so much.
Aarti Mukhedkar, Year 2, English Literature & History MA (Hons)
Aarti is this year's Poetry Editor of The Inkwell, the bi-annual magazine of PublishED, the society for publishing at the University of Edinburgh.
We spoke to her about why Edinburgh is great for literature, what skills she's learned through PublishED, and what it's like to do a joint degree.
The detailed content of your degree programme has now been published in our Degree Programme Tables for 2021 entry.
What is my Degree Programme Table (DPT)?
Your Degree Programme Table provides information about what you will study on your programme at Edinburgh and how you will be assessed.
The information is correct for the academic year 2021-22. Your DPT will be updated each year that you study at Edinburgh, so details may change for future years of your programme.
Please note, there may be some minor changes to your degree programme since you applied, but the structure and compulsory courses remain the same.
What should I look out for?
As part of your programme you’ll take a selection of courses (some are compulsory and some you can choose yourself). Each course is assigned a number of credits and you’ll need to take 120 credits worth of courses each year.
Your DPT will show which courses are compulsory, which optional courses are open to your programme, and how many credits each course is worth.
You should also check your DPT to see whether there are any prerequisites (e.g. specific qualifications) you need to have to take a particular course.
Choosing your courses
You will make your course choices at the start of the academic year.
There will be a virtual Course Options Fair, where you can pick up more information on courses available within your programme.
You will be able to discuss your options with us, including availability of courses and timetabling. Some courses may have a limited number of places or you may find that the courses you’d like to take conflict in terms of scheduling, so you’ll need to consider a range of options.
We will be able to help guide you as you select your path of study.
Peer Support is where students help each other academically and socially, with guidance and resources from the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) in partnership with the University.
LitPALS is one of the largest Peer Support Groups at Edinburgh. The aim to create a safe and welcoming space in which undergraduates can discuss and develop strategies for navigating university life.
LitPALS is run by trained students in Years 2-4 who facilitate informal fortnightly sessions for other literature students, including first years. Each session is focussed on specific study skills topics or themes.
Living and studying abroad can broaden your horizons, transform your academic perspective, and help you to get the very most from your undergraduate career.
If you're studying a joint degree with a European language, you will spend time abroad. Where possible, our joint degree with Persian also involves a period of study abroad. In all cases, this will be in the 2023-2024 academic year, your third year as an Edinburgh student. It will be your chance to turn classroom learning into living engagement with other cultures, developing lots of skills that you will use after university and that employers love to see.
If you are not studying a joint degree with a language, study abroad is entirely optional. But if you do choose to go abroad for a full year, it will be the 2023-2024 academic year, your third year as an Edinburgh student. There are also opportunities to go abroad for a much shorter time, including on work placement or for summer school.
If international travel restrictions mean that you cannot go abroad, don’t worry. You will be offered alternative ways of engaging with your subject(s), allowing you to meet your learning outcomes and prepare for your final year.
Find out more about Go Abroad opportunities at the University of Edinburgh and hear from our Study and Work Away Team.
One of the benefits of taking a four-year degree is the chance to study different subjects in your first two years. Most of our degree programmes have this flexibility.
There are lots of benefits to learning a language, from making the most of time abroad to enhancing your social life in Edinburgh and increasing your employability.
We have a very wide range of languages to choose from, either as part of your programme, as a short evening course with the Centre for Open Learning, or socially.
The majority are suitable for complete beginners - no previous experience required!
Take a look around our School, and the wider University, with our Virtual Visit. Look inside 50 George Square (where English Literature and Scottish Literature are based), check out the campus libraries and points of interest, and get a feel for what it's like to study and live in Edinburgh.
We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021.
We’re monitoring government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and we’ll adjust our 2021-22 plans in response to any relevant changes.Current plans for teaching and learning in 2021-22
Lucilla Luprano has just been voted in as the Student Association’s Undergraduate Rep(representative) for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) for 2021/22.
Asked what advice she has for school leavers starting university this year, she says: "No matter how scary it seems, just jump into all the opportunities you find interesting. Four years are actually shorter than they seem."Find out more about Lucilla’s role in LLC
What happens next?
We'd love you to accept your offer and become part of our community.
If you do accept your offer, you will receive further information about what to do next, including details of our New Students website and information about Welcome Week.