Many of the basic concepts underlying Western society found expression for the first time in ancient Greek or Latin. Together with English and Scots, they are the language of many highly influential literary works. Studying Scottish Literature and Classics helps us understand the world in which we live now, as well as shedding light on the past. The programme prepares you to contribute to a society in which an understanding of texts of all kinds is crucially important. Studying a combination of literature and classics shows an openness to ideas and perspectives other than your own, an essential attribute in many careers and a global marketplace. Scottish Literature You will develop your critical, 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 all major periods of Scottish literature from the late Middle Ages to the present. Classics You can choose to take a Greek, Latin or non-language pathway through Classics study. You will study the highly influential scholarship and literature of the classical world. Why Edinburgh We are the oldest department of literature in the UK, and one of the longest established in the world. We are proud to be based in the first UNESCO World City of Literature, a fantastic literary city which many greats of Scottish literature have called home. Our four-year degree gives you choice and flexibility in what you study. In Years 1 and 2, you can choose option courses from a wide range of disciplines in addition to Scottish Literature and Classics. In your honours years (Year 3 and 4), you will study research-led courses selected on the basis of your own interests in specific topics, periods or literary genres.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
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This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Standard Qualification Requirements
Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.
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Minimum Qualification Requirements
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||92||Total 92 with at least 20 in each component (including Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.|
|Trinity ISE||ISE II with distinctions in all four components|
|PTE Academic||62||Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.|
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. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; GCSE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate at C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE, or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Full details of our English language requirements can be found on our website:
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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