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    Critical Theory is an exciting and dynamic field encompassing diverse intellectual approaches to literature, culture, society, and politics. It entails reflection on the premises, concepts and categories used in different disciplines. Edinburghs programme provides expert-led teaching on the wide range of theoretical approaches that constitute the contemporary critical vocabulary within the humanities.

    Seminar-based teaching allows students to critically engage with theoretical approaches as diverse as poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and the Frankfurt School, and with the work of thinkers such as Heidegger, Derrida and Deleuze.

    Learning outcomes

    Students should:

    * develop a knowledge and understanding of contemporary approaches to critical theory, taken to include both theoretical and methodological reflection on the object, nature and forms of literary study, and broader questions about the relationship between aesthetic and social enquiry
    * deepen their knowledge and understanding of selected themes and topics in a way that enables them to select and execute an independent piece of research
    * develop a familiarity with a range of approaches to the theory of criticism, along with an informed understanding of some of the ways in which such approaches have been conceptualised and practiced by scholars, past and present
    * gain a grasp of the methodological issues and problems of literary and cultural research and analysis, equipping them with experience of creating original academic work to underpin (where appropriate) further interdisciplinary research at PhD level

    COMPULSORY COURSES This DPT has 5 compulsory courses:

    * CLLC11003 Research Skills and Methods Semester
    * ENLI11046 MSc by Research English Literature I Dissertation
    * ENLI11180 Research Methods and Problems in English Literature (for Research Students)
    * CLLC11137 Supervised Research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 1
    * CLLC11136 Supervised Research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 2

    Two option courses must be taken in total, one in semester 1, the other in semester 2. Students may choose an option from a different collection with permission of the programme director. Option courses to be taken as Class only for zero credits.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, normally English Literature. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Funding for UK/EU students

    * In addition to finanical assistance provided by Reseach Councils and charitable trusts, the University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes.

    Funding for international students

    * In addition to financial assistance provided by UK Government agencies and external funding sources, the University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes.

    Accreditation

    The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is home to both traditional subjects such as English Literature, Celtic and Scottish Studies and European Language Studies as well as important emerging fields such as Islamic and Asian Studies.

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