Edinburgh Napier University English

Edinburgh Napier University English

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Study English literature and develop your understanding of its relationship with culture and the modern world, in the heart of Edinburgh, the home of Arthur Conan Doyle, Walter Scott, JK Rowling and Irvine Welsh. Optionally combine your studies with acting or film.

This English degree will address your needs and interests, nurturing an awareness of the enduring appeal of literature and its relevance to the modern world.

Course introduction

Study English literature in its cultural-historical context, considering the significance of various texts in society from the Elizabethan age to the present.

You’ll study English within exciting interdisciplinary contexts and benefit from the wide range of subject expertise within the English group.

Edinburgh is a vibrant city with a rich literary heritage, offering an excellent learning environment and lots of world-leading cultural events, such as the International Book Festival. You may also have the opportunity to study abroad through our exchange programme.

This qualification will prepare you for a career in a number of areas of the cultural and creative industries and beyond.

Edinburgh Napier University English

  • What you’ll learn

You’ll learn about major genres and critical issues within the field of English studies including a range of subjects from:

  • Shakespeare to transgressive texts
  • Poetry from the Romantic age to the present
  • the modern novel to ecocritical narratives
  • Scottish, Irish and American literatures
  • science fiction to modern drama
  • literary theory to the gothic tradition in literature

This course aims to develop a broad knowledge of the relationships between literature, culture and the modern world. By the end of the course you’ll be able to engage in informed and critical readings of literature and to understand the contexts within which works of literature are produced.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.

Module choices in creative writing allow you to apply your understanding of literature to your own creative work.

What you study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Literature
  • 19th Century Literature & Culture
  • Reading Texts: Analysing Film, Literature and Culture
  • Narrative: Text & Film
  • Literature & Adaptation
  • Case Studies in Cultural Studies
  • Option module e.g. Case Studies in Cultural Studies, Introduction to the Web

Year 2

  • Literature of Empire: Texts & Contexts
  • The Modern Novel
  • Narratives of Social and Sexual Deviance: Rethinking the Victorians
  • Shakespeare & the Renaissance
  • Option module e.g. Creative Writing: Starting to Write, Modern Drama, American Outlaws, Global Literatures of Conflict

Year 3

  • Understanding Cultural & Literary Theory
  • Cultural & Literary Theory into Practice

Four option modules from

  • Women’s Writing & Film-making
  • Unacknowledged Legislators: Poets in History and Society
  • Science Fiction: Text & Film
  • Introduction to Television Studies
  • Creative Writing: Genre Writing
  • Narratives of Nature
  • First World War and Modernity
  • Starting a New Business
  • Launching Your Graduate Career

Edinburgh Napier University English

Year 4

  • Dissertation

Four option modules from

  • Postcolonial Fiction & Film
  • Modern Scottish Fiction
  • Critical Psychology
  • Lateness and the Modern
  • The Gothic Tradition
  • Cities Real & Imagined
  • Crime in Text and Film
  • Memoir, Documentary and the Essay Film

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £11,840 £11,950


This qualification will prepare you for a career in a number of areas of the cultural and creative industries, including:

  • publishing
  • journalism
  • teaching
  • arts administration