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. Our joint honours programme explores the cultural contexts of Scottish Literature from the late Middle Ages to the present, and the highly influential scholarship and literature of the classical world. Studying a combination of literature and classics helps us understand the world in which we live now, as well as shedding light on the past. It shows an openness to ideas and perspectives other than our own, an essential attribute in many careers and a global marketplace. Scottish Literature Our programme aims to develop your critical, analytic, linguistic and creative skills by engaging with a broad range of texts and a variety of approaches to reading. After an introduction to the essential skills needed for critical close reading, you will specialise in Scottish Literature as you move through the literary side of your studies. You will explore the cultural contexts of all major periods of Scottish literature from the late Middle Ages to the present. In your honours years, you will select courses on the basis of your own interests in specific topics, periods or genres of Scottish Literature. Classics Classics will introduce you to the history, cultures, languages, and literatures of some of the world's most important civilisations. You can choose to take a Greek, Latin or non-language pathway through this side of the programme. Why Edinburgh? Edinburgh is a remarkable place to study, write, publish, discuss and perform prose, poetry and drama. We are the oldest department of English and Scottish Literature in the UK, one of the longest-established in the world. From the University's Special Collections to the National Library of Scotland, the city's resources for studying literature and classics are exceptional. This programme is very flexible. In Years 1 and 2, in addition to studying Scottish Literature and Classics, you will choose option courses from a broad list of disciplines. You will then specialise as you progress through your honours years.
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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
|Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
|Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. 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.
|ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
|Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. 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; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade 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, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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