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Edinburgh: City of Literature, Short Course

Edinburgh: City of Literature, Short Course

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Edinburgh has an amazingly rich literary heritage and was the first city in the world to receive UNESCO City of Literature status. The Edinburgh: City of Literature course at The University of Edinburgh 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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Edinburgh: City of Literature course offered at The University of Edinburgh, students should be able to:

  • Discuss texts confidently in groups and as part of an assessed oral presentation
  • Assess literature based, to a certain extent, on your own close reading
  • Place literature in its historical and geographical context
  • Understand the cultural remains left by writers in Edinburgh
  • Write detailed and confident essays in response to assessment questions

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 1 months
  • Credits
    10 ECTS
    20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Your studies will include:

  • Close critical reading of passages from texts
  • Small group working
  • Setting literature in historical, social and political context
  • Advance preparation of material for class including work for essays and class discussion
  • Wide reading. Students will be encouraged to work around the subject by reading relevant secondary material


  • Formative essay of 1000 words to be delivered during the course (feedback only)
  • Oral presentation (10% of total marks)
  • Class contribution (10% of total marks)
  • 2000-word summative essay delivered after the course has finished (80% of the total marks)


  • Dr Anya Clayworth teaches Literature at the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh. She provides credit courses for the Credit for Entry programme as well as working on the International Foundation Programme. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • 1 year of undergraduate study
  • IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2372 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2372 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2372 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2372 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
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