Celtic & Scottish Studies

Postgraduate study

Providing excellent teaching and supervision, we offer taught and research-led postgraduate programmes ranging from one-year masters degrees to PhDs.

Our award-winning department is small, friendly and innovative. Students come from a range of disciplinary and personal backgrounds, so your undergraduate degree does not need to have been in Celtic and Scottish Studies to apply.

Based in Scotland’s capital and festival city, we are at the forefront of policy development and cultural innovation. Working at the cutting edge of linguistic, cultural and sociolinguistic research in the Celtic languages, we lead the way for future language planning and maintenance, particularly for Scottish Gaelic.

As a postgraduate student, you’ll have lots of opportunities to engage in our community, including regular seminar series throughout term time (with talks by staff, research students and visiting speakers), the annual O’Donnell Lecture, performances and traditional music sessions, and a range of conferences, including a yearly colloquium on Thinking About Mythology in the 21st Century. Passionate about music, literature, song and storytelling, we have strong links with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Storytelling Centre and National Museum of Scotland. We also have a great relationship with student societies, including An Comunn Ceilteach (The Highland Society), organisers of the city’s largest annual cèilidh.

Our research resources and facilities are outstanding. We are ideally placed to explore the theory and practice of working with archives, drawing extensively on an unrivalled range of sound, video, film and photographic resources in the School of Scottish Studies Archives, including as a catalyst for performance. You can also draw on the expertise of our Traditional Artist in Residence.

What can I study?

MSc in Celtic and Scottish Studies

This interdisciplinary taught Masters programme gives you the option to take one of three pathways: Traditional Arts and Culture; Medieval and Early Modern Celtic; Gaelic Development and Policy. You will complete a core course in research skills and methods, five option courses drawn from a wide range of specialisms, and a 60-credit dissertation of around 15,000 words.

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

Find out more and apply on the University of Edinburgh Degree Finder

MSc in Traditional Arts Performance

New for 2020, this unique taught Masters programme is aimed at traditional arts practitioners (musicians, dancers and storytellers) and facilitators who wish to reflect on their practice, and to contextualise and develop their creative work, in an academic context. After completing core and option courses, you’ll undertake a self-directed project under the specialist supervision of one or more members of staff.

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

Get in touch to find out more (applications open in October 2019)


Taught programmes

Intensive study in Celtic and Scottish Studies. Choose from pathways in Traditional Arts and Culture; Medieval and Early Modern Celtic; and Gaelic Development and Policy.

Research degrees

Research degrees are available in the fields of Celtic Studies (MScR), Scottish Ethnology (MScR), Celtic and Scottish Studies (PhD).

Current PhD students

Profiles of current PhD students in Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Help us shape our exciting new programme!

We would like to hear your views on a potential new programme in traditional arts performance (music, storytelling and dance) with an emphasis on Scottish traditions and culture. Our survey takes around five (5) minutes to complete, and your answers will help inform the development of this exciting new postgraduate programme.

Take our survey on surveymonkey [external website]