Celtic & Scottish Studies

Undergraduate study | Celtic

Uncover Celtic's rich languages, literatures, histories and cultures as part of a single or joint honours degree.

Why study Celtic in Edinburgh?

Available in multiple degree combinations, Celtic has been taught here since 1882, making us the longest-established Celtic department in Scotland.

Celtic civilisations produced the earliest vernacular literature in Europe after Latin and Greek, and today Celtic languages and cultures continue to flourish in writing, song, theatre, the media and more, with a broad international reach and a steady stream of enthusiastic new speakers and audiences.

Based in a city with a long-established Gaelic community, and with strong links to Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Celtic at Edinburgh is at the heart of this lively contemporary scene and leads the way for future language planning and maintenance, particularly for Scottish Gaelic. We work at the cutting edge of linguistic and sociolinguistic research in the Celtic languages.

Our award-winning department is small, friendly and innovative, with access to a fantastic range of sound, video, film and photographic resources, an annual prize-giving scheme, and a great relationship with An Comunn Ceilteach (The Highland Society), the University’s oldest Student Society and organisers of the city’s largest annual cèilidh.

Studying Celtic at Edinburgh has allowed me to explore different areas of interest both medieval and modern and get a well-rounded understanding of the subject by connecting with Celtic speaking cultures throughout history - there is always something fresh and engaging on offer.

Dylan, Year 3, Celtic MA (Hons)


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