Celtic & Scottish Studies

Welcome to Celtic and Scottish Studies, the longest established Celtic department in Scotland, and home of the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

Brand new MSc in Traditional Arts Performance

Are you a musician, dancer or storyteller? Do you facilitate the traditional arts? Our unique taught masters (MSc) programme - now starting in 2021 - will give you the time, space, specialist knowledge and skills to develop your individual artistic voice, or to contextualise and develop your work as a curator, arts manager, producer or director.

Full-time, one year ꟾ part-time, two years (UK/EU students)

Find out more on the University of Edinburgh Degree Finder

Choose from a wide range of undergraduate degrees in Celtic, Scottish Ethnology, and Scottish Studies. We also support Moray House School of Education and Sport in delivering Primary Education with Gaelic.

Choose a taught or research-led programme, gaining an MSc, an MSc by Research, or a PhD in your area of interest and expertise, from traditional arts and culture to Gaelic development and policy.

Find out more about our department, events and projects on our blog where we post contributions from students and staff. We cover languages and literatures, ethnology and culture, traditional arts and performance.

Established in 1951, the School of Scottish Studies Archives comprise extensive collections on the cultural traditions and folklore of Scotland and its people. At their core is the ethnological fieldwork undertaken by staff and students over the past sixty years, including a sound archive of some 33,000 recordings, a photographic archive containing thousands of images from the 1930s onwards, a film and video collection, and a manuscript archive.

Find out more about the School of Scottish Studies Archives

Celebrating Hamish Henderson (1919-2002)

November 2019 marked 100 years since the birth of Hamish Henderson who, over the course of half a century, contributed thousands of interviews and field recordings to the School of Scottish Studies Archives. Highly active as a poet, folklorist, and public intellectual, Hamish’s own songs became a foundation for the ongoing folk revival, and continue to be performed today.

[Image - Hamish Henderson photographed at Sandy Bell's bar in 1992 by Ian Mackenzie, School of Scottish Studies Archives]

Open book

We sustain a wide-ranging programme of research. All departmental staff are research-active, and are distinguished in their fields.