The Comparative Literature programme at The University of Edinburgh draws on world-class teaching and research expertise across literatures, languages and cultures, from Scotland to Asia, Scandinavia to the Middle East. It can also be completed part-time over two years.
Bringing together an international community of learners, we live comparative literature in the classroom, where you’ll sharpen your critical, analytical and methodological skills, and explore a range of literary works from different linguistic and cultural systems.
You’ll also be encouraged to develop your own area of interest and expertise, with specially-designed option courses offering a detailed focus on literary themes, genres, and historical periods, critical theory and translation, and the relationship of the written word to other arts, such as music, painting and film. This leads to a final dissertation, pursuing your research interests further and developing your research skills.
This interdisciplinary programme will give you the skills and experience to develop your independent research interests in a broad range of fields.
You may decide to concentrate on an academic career, or apply your learning in industry, from publishing to cultural heritage.
The discipline and confidence you’ll develop from a range of activities - from evaluating, comparing and analysing texts, to writing and speaking about your work - are invaluable in a range of professional roles.
- You can take the MSc in Comparative Literature over one year, full-time, or two years, part-time.
- Over the duration of the programme, you’ll take four core courses, and two optional courses. Each course is worth 20 credits.
- The core courses are in Theories and Methods of Literary Study, and Research Skills, Methods and Problems, moving from general research skills to specific research problems, theories and methods in literature and cultural studies, preparing you for your dissertation.
- We make recommendations for optional courses based on their comparative element, but there are a broad range of subjects to choose from every year.
- The final element of the programme is your dissertation, a piece of independent research - 15,000 words (worth 60 credits) - written with the advice and support of a designated supervisor.
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
There are 6 application rounds.
DisciplinesCreative Writing Literature View 218 other Masters in Creative Writing in United Kingdom
- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.
International25300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
National12500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time fees per year
- Home: £6,250
- International/EU: £12,650
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.