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Edinburgh: City of Literature

Discover the city through the works of its most renowned writers


Subject area


Language and Culture






Credit level


SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)


Credits available


20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US




08 June - 03 July 2020




4 weeks


Contact hours




Course pre-requisites


1 year of undergraduate study and aged 18 or above


Language requirements


Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or above






Accomodation inc.









Application deadline


31 March 2020


Edinburgh has an amazingly rich literary heritage and was the first city in the world to receive UNESCO City of Literature status. This course examines some of Edinburgh's most celebrated literary talents, some Edinburgh locals and other Edinburgh visitors.

Alongside works by among others Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin, Muriel Spark and Irvine Welsh, the course will explore these writers' presence in the city through manuscript collections and objects in the National Libraries and Museums of Scotland and the Edinburgh Writers' Museum.

We will also follow their footsteps through the city and see how their presence has been marked with monuments, plaques and other forms of cultural heritage. We will consider how these writers represent the city in their works and how it has shaped their writing.



Before applying for Edinburgh: City of Literature, please ensure you meet the following criteria:


Academic Requirements
  • You have completed one year of undergraduate study prior to applying for this course.
  • You have a current GPA of 3.0 or above (or equivalent)


Language Requirements
  • Non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate an English level of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component).


Age Requirements
  • Applicants must be age 18 or over. 



Credit Courses

These courses are certified by the University of Edinburgh and are worth up to 20 credits depending on the course length.

Credits awarded by the University of Edinburgh are part of the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 20 SCQF credits are the equivalent to 10 ECTS credits or 4 credits for U.S. students.

Credits are offered at two levels:

     Level 8 - for those in the first year of university or above

     Level 10 - require two years of university study, and may have other entry requirements depending on the course

The fee for this course is £3,156. 

This fee includes:

  • Tuition fees for the four-week course
  • Course materials and equipment
  • Academic trips and excursions
  • Social programme 

Additional fees may apply for visa applications. These are not included in your course fee.

The course fee does not include accommodation. To find out more about available accommodation options on our Accommodation page.

As part of your application process, you will be required to pay a £500 deposit. The deposit payment will be redeemable against your course fee. After a 14 day cooling off period, the deposit is non-refundable. You will receive information on how to pay your deposit during your application process.



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