• Course Delivery
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    3 Weeks


Robert Burns was a world famous figure who rose to literary prominence in 1786. He was considered one of the first celebrities of the modern age. A writer of bitingly satirical poetry cutting through the pretention at the time. Considered to many as Scotlands greatest song writer, he wrote over 200 poems and had a collection of over 400 songs, which he improved or composed from scratch. In addition, he is found to have written over 800 letters that show him to be a master of English prose, a family man, unfaithful, sympathetic and someone struggling to make a career.

In this course you will begin to look at the work and the phenomenon of Robert Burns. Born in 1759, dead by the age of 37, and encompassing a publishing career which spans fewer than 10 years, Robert Burns today is considered Scotlands national Poet and a world writer.


On successful completion this course, you will be able to:

  • Explore the poems, songs and legacy of Robert Burns
  • Collaborate with other learners in researching and mapping examples of Burns global reach
  • Engage with diverse media related to the study of Burns, including poems, song recordings, videos, images, maps and manuscripts
  • Discuss the reputation of Burns as a national and international poet
  • Develop an understanding of Burns place in Scottish literary tradition

Key Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date
22 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019

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