Research course

English Literature

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

All English Literature research applicants must submit a sample of their written work (3-4,000 words) in addition to their research proposal. All Creative Writing research applicants must submit a 5000 word written sample which can can be prose, poetry or both and can consist of one or more pieces of work. For entry to the PhD programme, applicants are normally expected to have achieved a mark of 65% or above in their Masters dissertation as well as submitting a strong application including satisfactory research proposal, references and writing sample.

Months of entry


Course content

We offer a range of MScR (MSc by Research), MPhil and PhD programmes in English Literature.

The MSc by Research English Literature I programme is a highly flexible programme allowing students to undertake a research degree by writing two substantial essays of 7,000 words on related topics of their own choice, before building on this with a dissertation of 15,000 words.

The MSc by Research English Literature II programme allows students to undertake a research project of their own devising, leading to a 30,000 word dissertation

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Advisor
+44 (0)131 650 4114