The University of Edinburgh
Persian and English Literature MA (Hons)
The University of Edinburgh

Key Course Facts

Course Description

With over 120 million native speakers, Persian is one of the major languages of Middle East and Central Asia. To study Persian is to enter into a rich and diverse culture that has produced major epic and Sufi poets, exquisite miniature painting, fine textiles and world-class cinema. Persian is also a gateway to modern Iran, a dynamic society at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Our programme is designed to give you a thorough grounding in both classical and modern Persian, enabling you to access a wide range of original material.

Studying English Literature will further develop your critical, analytic, linguistic and creative skills. Engaging with a broad range of texts and a variety of approaches to reading, you will acquire an understanding of the cultural contexts of writing in English from the late middle-ages to the present. By enhancing your unique literary faculties, our programme prepares you to contribute to a society in which an understanding of texts of all kinds is crucially important.

The School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures at the University of Edinburgh is recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading institution for the research-led study of Persian, together with Arabic, Islam, and the Middle East. We're proud to be the world's oldest centre for the study of English Literature and to be located in UNESCO's first World City of Literature, offering a rich array of unique resources which facilitate scholarship and learning.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 67 graduates of Persian and English Literature MA (Hons) at The University of Edinburgh for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in English Literature.

Overall student satisfaction
72 /100
67 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Persian and English Literature MA (Hons) at The University of Edinburgh

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Persian and English Literature MA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £26500 £31000
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27500 £20000 - £31500 £25000 - £44000

Salary of all UK Graduates of English Literature

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21298 £20866 £24646
25-75 percentile range £18190 - £24498 £14968 - £25469 £18806 - £30753

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Persian and English Literature MA (Hons) at The University of Edinburgh

14% Business and public service associate professionals
11% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
10% Teaching Professionals
9% Artistic, literary and media occupations
7% Managers, directors and senior officials
6% Finance Professionals
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Media Professionals
4% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
3% Caring personal services

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Required subjects: A Levels: English Literature or combined English at B. GCSEs: a language other than English at A or 7.

AAAA-AABB by the end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by the end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: English at B. National 5s: a language other than English at A.

36 points with 665 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL. Required subjects: HL: English at 5. SL: a language other than English at 6.

Please note that the Persian degrees involve beginners language study and are not suitable for native or near-native speakers. For degrees that have a subject requirement of a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT) 92 92 or above with 20 in each section (including Special Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English Advanced 176 overall with 162 in each component.
Cambridge English Proficiency 176 overall with 162 in each component.
Trinity ISE ISE II with a distinction in all four components.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Persian and English Literature, MA (Hons).


Tuition Fees Persian and English Literature MA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
EU £23100 year 1
International £23100 year 1

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2021-22 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2022-23 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2022. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland SAAS for payment of their tuition fees.

England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK RUK rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2021 entry. For 2022 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits.

EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union EU students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees.

Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme -

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of The University of Edinburgh in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of Edinburgh in related subject specific rankings.

Languages & Literature

    • #2 
    • #11 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

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About The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is located in the Scottish city of the same name, and is one of the oldest universities in the entire United Kingdom, having opened in the year 1583. The university enjoys a strong reputation for its contributions to international research efforts, which is reflected in their inclusion in the Russell Group, Universitas 21, and Una Europa. Edinburgh offers its residents a historic yet modern city, with a lively nightlife scene, reliable public transport, and friendly locals.

Where is this programme taught

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