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JK Rowling, Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin – Edinburgh’s literary credentials are impressive indeed. It’s no wonder we’re the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. And our English courses are as unique as each of these writers with a focus on modern literature. Our courses nurture an awareness of the enduring appeal of literature and its relevance to the modern world. You’ll learn valuable critical and theoretical skills, helping prepare you for a career in an exciting and diverse range of cultural and creative industries.

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  • Acting & English" class="text-underline">Full-time
  • English " class="text-underline">Full-time
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    Study everything from classical literature to contemporary popular culture. You'll also have the opportunity to take options in creative writing, film and TV studies.


    Our work placement scheme offers the opportunity to gain teaching experience across the city, and to participate in an award-winning partnership with the Scottish Prison Service to enhance literacy.


    Through our study abroad schemes, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from studying at foreign universities in Prague, Stuttgart and Toronto.


    Steeped in history and surrounded by culture, you’ll study at our Merchiston Campus, the historic 16th-century birthplace of our very own world famous mathematician, John Napier. Situated in buzzing Bruntsfield, independent cafes, restaurants and shops are just around the corner. There are two cafes on campus and  a 500-seat computing centre with both Macs and PCs. It’s even open 24/7 (during term time) in case literary inspiration strikes in the middle of the night
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    • Primary School Teacher
    • Secondary School Teacher
    • Records Manager
    • Academic 
    • Librarian
    • Arts Administration
    • Publisher 
    • Copy-editor
    • Proof-reader
    • Digital Copywriter
    • Editorial Assistant
    • Journalist
    • Film Producer
    • Writer
    • Scriptwriter 
    • Marketing Manager
    • Press Officer
    • Stand-up Comedian
    • Corporate Blogger
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    Hands-on industry experience is a core part of every course. Our dedicated placement scheme offers the opportunity to gain  teaching experience, apply for research  project internships, and to participate in  our award-winning partnership with the Scottish Prison Service.

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    Our study abroad schemes give you the opportunity to apply to study at foreign universities, including:
    -Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
    -Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada