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Celtic and Scottish Studies MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Scottish Studies Celtic Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

This unique, interdisciplinary programme provides students with a professional grounding in the fields of Celtic and Scottish Studies. It caters for a wide range of interests, with pathways in Traditional Arts and Culture, Medieval and Early Modern Celtic and Gaelic Development and Policy.

You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding in professional research methods and inquiry, language skills, literary and textual analysis or fieldwork and archiving, and a range of core topics in Celtic and Scottish studies.

You will undertake full research training in Celtic and Scottish studies. You will learn to analyse and synthesise this knowledge in an interdisciplinary context, question assumptions about the primacy of one specific discipline over others and receive an introduction to subjects which you may not have experienced at undergraduate level. You will also have the opportunity to take courses offered by the School of History, Classics & Archaeology.

Learning outcomes

You will develop the critical skills to evaluate and compare texts and a historical understanding of literature and culture, as well as transferable skills such as carrying out academic research, writing commentaries and essays, improving your analytical thought, using electronic resources and giving oral presentations.

You will gain:

  • familiarity with the broad context of Celtic and Scottish Studies
  • a solid understanding of bibliography and study methods
  • the ability to engage at a high level with the subject material
  • an awareness of current issues and concerns within selected research fields
  • the ability to engage in original research resulting in a dissertation in an area of specialism
  • the opportunity to study modern Scottish Gaelic or medieval Celtic languages

Career opportunities

There are a wide range of sectors within which you could apply your knowledge and skills such as journalism; social, government or cultural research; publishing; higher education; advertising; arts administration; information work; or programme research in broadcasting.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This course introduces students to the sources, methodologies and core skills involved in research in Celtic and Scottish Studies. It is also intended to assist them with the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study by examining topics such as advanced critical thinking, research design and publishing. Students gain familiarity with the University's extensive range of material and digital archives - including those of neighbouring institutions (such as the National Library of Scotland and National Records of Scotland) - in addition to special collections, unpublished theses and manuscripts, and a variety of key monographs and journals. The course is delivered via a series of seminars and workshops covering the specifics of working in Celtic and Scottish Studies, as well as touching upon the potential for different types of interdisciplinary research. By the end of the course, students will be capable of producing a full scholarly literature review and bibliography, and be competent in managing and presenting their research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience.