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 the undergraduate level. You will also have the opportunity to take courses offered by the School of History, Classics & Archaeology.
The programme takes one academic year (12 months) of full-time study or two years (24 months) of part-time study (part-time options are only available for UK or EU students).
You will complete one core course (20 credits total), five option courses (100 credits total) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits).
- Research Skills and Methods in Celtic and Scottish Studies
Option courses may include:
- The Supernatural World
- Material Culture in Scotland
- Scottish Emigrant Traditions
*(Revised 8 February 2019 to remove internship information, no longer offered).
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.
There is 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.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
If you intend to follow the Gaelic Development and Policy pathway, you should have a good knowledge of Scottish Gaelic.
If you intend to follow the Medieval and Early Modern Gaelic pathway, you will benefit from the knowledge of a Celtic language.
We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- 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)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
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