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Celtic and Anglo Saxon Studies MLitt, PhD

Celtic and Anglo Saxon Studies MLitt, PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Celtic Studies Early Medieval History (500-1100) (Uk)

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is led from a highly supportive research team and environment which fosters a wide variety of scholarly approaches to the ancient, medieval and modern cultures of Celtic-speaking countries. There is a special focus on contemporary Scottish Gaelic language, literature, socio-linguistics, minority-language planning and policy, medieval history, ancient Celtic religion and mythology, and the formation of our image of the Celts in the modern period. Postgraduates are encouraged to make use of links internally and attend events, conferences and seminars across the School and University.

Externally Aberdeen is a member of the Irish-Scottish Academic Initiative, involving the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde along with Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. This combination provides students and staff with opportunities for scholarly exchanges of various types.

The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture offers you a wide range of centres which includes the Centre for Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies, and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies. Further centres are: The Centre for Linguistics Research, Centre for The Novel, the Elphinstone Institute, the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, Performing the Past (Group), the Sound Emporium Research Group, Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History, the Walter Scott Research Centre, the WORD Centre for Creative Writing, and the Centre for the Novel. You can attend events throughout the school across the wider university.

Associated Research Centres include: The Centre for Early Modern Studies, the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine, and the Centre for Modern Thought

Postgraduates enjoy research training with regular sessions in academic writing, formulating a proposal, navigating funding, research ethics, collaboration, presentation skills and more. There is an annual conference to present PhD research and get feedback from staff and peers. The School hosts a forum to allow for networking, socialising and discussion. This is a great way to meet people in the School. Outside the School there are plenty of events, seminars and activities to attend.

The Postgraduate Research School

The Postgraduate Research School provides you with additional research and professional training, ranging from ethics to project management. You learn to present to different markets, and you present your research at conferences in a range of different formats. You are supported throughout your PhD research to ensure you enjoy your experience.

The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 by visionary Bishop Elphinstone at Kings College, Aberdeen. It is the 5th oldest university in the UK and provides a stunningly beautiful backdrop to studying at the university. Many of its original subjects are taught today and it continues to attract global academics and professional staff. Further facilities include a stunning blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library with panoramic views over the city, food and drink outlets, a botanic garden, and more.

Aberdeen city is a world energy hub with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past and silver granite opulence. It offers retail, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, ferries to Orkney and Shetland, cycling to Royal Deeside, connections to the Highlands and worldwide.

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Full time | University of Aberdeen | 36 months | APR-20

Study mode

Full time


36 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Students must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.