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History of Art and English Literature

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Study the History of Art and English Literature in equal depth with this joint honours programme from The University of Edinburgh.


History of Art

History of Art will introduce you to art from different periods and world cultures.

You will:

  • learn how, and for whom, works of art were made
  • situate artworks within visual and material culture more broadly
  • explore the meanings of works of art and visual culture and the ways they continue to be interpreted

In Years 3 and 4 you will have the opportunity to specialise in particular aspects of the field, and develop independent research projects and a dissertation. In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to study abroad.

English Literature

Studying English Literature will develop your:

  • critical skills
  • analytic skills
  • linguistic skills
  • creative skills

You will study a broad range of texts and different approaches to reading. You will gain an understanding of the cultural contexts of all major periods of English literature, from the late middle-ages to the present.

You will also choose research-led courses based on your interests. These will help you develop a detailed knowledge of specific topics, periods or genres.

Why Edinburgh

We are oldest department of English Literature in the UK and one of the longest established in the world. We are proud to be based in the heart of the first UNESCO World City of Literature.

History of Art and English Literature complement each other well. Many ideas and movements are shared across the visual arts and literature, in particular historical periods.

Both subjects benefit from shared methodologies and historical contexts.

Career opportunities

This History of Art and English Literature programme from The University of Edinburgh prepares you for a range of careers, including:

  • curatorships in galleries and museums
  • art journalism
  • publishing and media
  • art dealing
  • tourism
  • graphics
  • advertising
  • heritage management
  • auctioneering

Some graduates use their skills and experience for:

  • careers in management or teaching
  • further study

Programme Structure

Year 1

You will study History of Art 1. This covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire until the end of the Counter-Reformation and will include non-Western material.

In English Literature, you will take two Literary Studies courses. These will introduce you to the essential skills needed for the critical close reading of poetry, drama and prose.

Year 2

You will study History of Art 2, which covers the 18th century to the present day.

You will be introduced to the study of English literature in its cultural and historical contexts, focusing on a selection of major periods. 

Year 3

This year you will:

  • choose from a selection of History of Art and English Literature courses
  • complete a History of Art independent project

Study abroad opportunities are also available in Year 3.

Year 4

You will select courses that build on your subject choices in Year 3.

You will also write a dissertation in either History of Art or English Literature.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 36 points with 665 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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