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.

What's it like to study here?

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.

Photo of Celtic and Scottish Studies team with recording equipment

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.

I think the thing that has influenced and inspired me most has been the people, and how inviting and welcoming the whole community has been in this department. Through being actively involved in conferences, students learn quite a bit about how information is transmitted among academics and also presentation skills, which are important for so much.

Dhanya BairdDhanya is a Celtic & Scottish Studies PhD student who has organised and presented at multiple conferences

What can I study?

Not sure which programme is right for you?

We're happy to help you decide.

Email us about postgraduate study in Celtic and Scottish Studies 

It’s impossible to do justice to the positive impact that the staff - teaching, administrative, and Archive - have had on me. Right from the start, they communicated a real enthusiasm for and delight in the subject area, and a warm collaborative openness towards the students which manifested itself in giving us freedom to let us explore our own research interests.

Dr Ella LeithElla has completed an MA (Hons) and MSc by Research in Scottish Ethnology and a PhD in Celtic & Scottish Studies with us


Help us shape our exciting new programme!

We would like to hear your views on our 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]

Visit us

Our postgraduate Open Day is a great chance to find out about student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best: our students and staff. For potential students wishing to start their postgradue degree in 2020, this year's Open Day is on 13th November 2019

Take me to the University of Edinburgh web page on postgraduate Open Days ​​​​​​

Related links

Postgraduate study in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures