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Choose from 19 PhDs in literatures, languages and cultures at Edinburgh

  School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

About the Programme

Why take a PhD in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh? 

Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise in a community that really values research and seeks to make an original contribution to learning.

As one of the largest and most diverse Schools in the University of Edinburgh, our research environment is the ideal place to challenge yourself and share your ideas with others.

There are many ways to collaborate with experts in the School and beyond, from regular research and work-in-progress seminars to conferences, workshops and online journals. We are home to a number of established research centres and networks.

Our PhD student community is highly active, running reading groups and other meet-ups to support each other through the opportunities and challenges of PhD life and, across the University, you'll find a range of resources to help you develop your doctorate-level skills. 

What can I study?

We currently offer 19 PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programmes:

  1. Celtic and Scottish Studies
  2. Chinese
  3. Comparative Literature
  4. Creative Writing
  5. East Asian Studies
  6. English Literature
  7. European Theatre
  8. Film Studies
  9. French
  10. German
  11. Hispanic Studies
  12. Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  13. Italian
  14. Japanese
  15. Korean
  16. Medieval Studies
  17. Russian
  18. Scandinavian Studies
  19. Translation Studies

Your PhD at a glance  

  • You'll be expected to complete an original body of work culminating in a dissertation of around 80,000 words which you will defend in an oral examination.
  • You'll study for a minimum of 36 months. If you wish to study part-time, you may take up to 72 months to complete your PhD.
  • You will be supervised by at least two members of academic staff with expertise in your area of research. Please check the School website for pre-application guidance.
  • You'll typically be based at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, in the city's historic centre, close to the Main University Library and the National Library of Scotland. Our festival city is a treasure trove of cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and collections.   

How do I apply?

You apply for your programme through the University of Edinburgh's online Degree Finder and its associated application service, EUCLID.

Some PhD programmes publish pre-application guidance; please check our School website for details.

We strongly advise that you apply as early as possible.

How much will it cost and are there any scholarships?

Fees are determined by your nationality and the country where you are ‘ordinarily resident'.

Many scholarships have early deadlines so, to increase your chances of being eligible for a range of awards, you are strongly encouraged to apply for your PhD as soon as possible after the programme opens for application.

Learn more

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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