University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Book History and Material Culture

This programme brings together theory and practice to explore cultural history, intensive archival research and the latest intellectual developments in this specialised field. This programme provides an introduction to book history as a concept and provides a general overview of the key developments in the field, tracing the movement from scribal culture to hand printing, from industrialisation to new technologies. You will be taught by leading international experts, combining traditional bibliography, special collections training and advanced theoretical approaches, to advance your knowledge and practical skills. As well as the major manuscript and printed collections held by the University, you will have access to the National Library of Scotland (which holds one of the most important collections for the study of bibliography in Europe).

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline is normally required. If English is not the 1st language, students must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module); PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections); CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module).

Course modules

Compulsory courses: Cultures of the book; working with collections. Option courses may include: Culture and society in early modern Britain; expanding the book (image and literacy in Valois France); the hypernovel from Boccacio to Manganelli; literature industry; material culture of gender in the 18th Century; the medieval Bible; text and context; enlightenment in Britain 1688-1801; Shakespeare's sister (archival research and the politics of the canon).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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