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?

Celtic has been taught at Edinburgh since 1882, making us the longest-established department of our kind in Scotland.

Our award-winning community is small and friendly. We teach Celtic in multiple degree combinations, so you can take it as a single honours degree or jointly with other subjects.

Celtic civilisations produced the earliest vernacular literature in Europe after Latin and Greek. 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, audiences and career opportunities.

Based in a city with a long-established Gaelic community, and with strong links to Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Celtic at Edinburgh 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 and reflect this innovation in our teaching.

On campus and in the city

We are based in the historic heart of a world-leading festival city, close to the National Library of Scotland and National Museum of Scotland.

The Main University Library is just across the square from us, as is the School of Scottish Studies Archives. From ancient manuscripts to contemporary recordings, these give you access to a treasure-chest of Gaelic stories, songs, customs, and beliefs.

In addition to the summer and winter festivals, Edinburgh has a lively year-round contemporary cultural scene.

There are conversation groups for practicing Gaelic socially, fèisean for performers, and an annual festival, Seachdain na Gàidhlig.

Discover more about resources and facilities in Celtic and Scottish Studies

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 4, Celtic MA (Hons)

 

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QS World Rankings by Subject 2022

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we’re in the World Top 10 for Arts & Humanities (9) and Modern Languages (10).

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, along with research citations.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

Other ways to learn Scottish Gaelic at Edinburgh

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If you're not on one of our degree programmes, you can still learn Scottish Gaelic with us!

As an undergraduate student of most subjects at the University of Edinburgh, you can take Scottish Gaelic as an outside subject in one or both of Years 1 and 2 of your programme, depending on your timetable.

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Gaelic is also available as a Short Course through the Centre for Open Learning . These courses have a fee, but students get a 33% discount. Classes are in the evening, and there are options for complete beginners.

Browse Gaelic courses in the Centre for Open Learning