Celtic & Scottish Studies

Research programmes (MScR and PhD)

Choose from Masters by Research and PhD programmes in Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Masters by Research (MScR) programmes

Masters by Research in Celtic Studies

With specialisms spanning Iron Age Europe to the present, this research-led Masters programme will enable you to focus on your chosen aspect of the languages, literatures and cultures of the Celtic and Gaelic peoples. You’ll undertake a comprehensive research training programme, be encouraged to gain hands-on experience with original sources, and produce unique research under the guidance of your thesis supervisor.

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (eligibility criteria apply)

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Masters by Research in Scottish Ethnology

Drawing on the School of Scottish Studies Archives and other fascinating resources, this research-led Masters programme spans oral narrative, song and instrumental music, material culture, social organisation, custom and belief, and place-names. You’ll undertake a comprehensive research training programme, be encouraged to gain hands-on field collection experience, and produce unique research under the guidance of your thesis supervisor.

Full-time, one year (all students) ꟾ part-time, two years (eligibility criteria apply)

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PhD programme

PhD in Celtic and Scottish Studies

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.

Our Celtic Studies expertise covers Scottish, Irish and Welsh Celtic literature and literary tradition in the Medieval and modern periods, the Gaelic languages and dialects, and Celtic sociolinguistics and language policy. Recent work has encompassed archaeology, divinity, education and linguistics, with thesis topics including Gaelic oral literature and Celtic history.

Our Scottish Studies and Ethnology expertise covers oral narrative, song and instrumental music, material culture, social organisation, custom and belief, and place names.

Full-time, three years (all students) ꟾ part-time, six years (eligibility criteria apply)

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