This 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.
By enhancing your unique literary and critical faculties, the programme prepares you to contribute to a society in which an understanding of texts of all kinds is crucially important.
You will acquire an understanding of the cultural contexts of all major periods of Scottish literature from the late Middle Ages to the present, and a detailed knowledge of a specific topic or set of texts within each period.
You will also study a set of specific research-led subjects offered by staff and selected on the basis of your own interests.
You'll study in the oldest department of English Literature in the UK, one of the longest established in the world, based in the heart of the first UNESCO World City of Literature, home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, JK Rowling, Ian Rankin, Muriel Spark and many other greats of Scottish literature.
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 and a thriving Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (LitPALS).
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.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Central area campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||ABB||Required subjects: A Level: English Literature or combined English at grade B.|
|Scottish Higher||ABBB||These grades must be achieved by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Higher: English at grade B.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 points||Award of Diploma with 34 points (grades 655 at HL). Required subjects: HL: English at grade 5.|
Please note that for degrees that have a subject requirement for a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable. Full, detailed entry requirements including English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with 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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£1,820 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£1,820 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.