Celtic & Scottish Studies

Undergraduate study | Scottish Studies

Explore our modern European nation, with its rich and fascinating heritage, from a variety of perspectives in a highly flexible, interdisciplinary degree.

Why study Scottish Studies in Edinburgh?

The capital city of Scotland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and seat of the Scottish Parliament, is the ideal place to study the nation, asking what we can learn from its past and its present, and how we can help shape its future.

Based within an award-winning department in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, you’ll engage with a wide range of disciplines across the University of Edinburgh that share a common interest in the study of Scotland, for example by drawing on courses from Celtic, history, politics, sociology and archaeology, and combining these with a focus on ethnology, heritage, the creative arts and cultural expression.

You’ll apply arts, humanities and social sciences approaches in your learning, discovering how literature, music and visual arts have helped to shape Scottish identity, and considering the complex relationship between culture and politics, as you draw parallels with other countries and capitalise on the University's excellent links with Scotland’s key political, cultural and historical institutions.

You'll benefit from small class sizes, teachers who are immersed in Scottish culture beyond the classroom, and excellent resources, including the internationally-acclaimed School of Scottish Studies Archives.

I like the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and it caters for a lot of my interests. I find it interesting, challenging and rewarding.

Euan LownieMA (Hons) Scottish Studies student

Your learning at a glance

  • Scottish Studies is a single honours degree drawing on a variety of subject areas and disciplines across the University of Edinburgh.
  • You’ll complete a four-year MA degree, with the opportunity to study abroad in your third year.
  • You’ll engage with a broad range of subjects in your first two years, and specialise thereafter, developing your expertise in the aspects of Scottish Studies that interest you most.
  • You'll be part of a close-knit teaching and learning community in one of the University's largest and most diverse Schools.
  • You’ll be based at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, in the city’s historic centre, close to the School of Scottish Studies Archives, Main University Library, the National Library of Scotland and National Museum of Scotland.


What and how you'll study

Degree combinations, teaching methods, and a year-by-year guide to your learning.

Where might Scottish Studies take you?

Career opportunities for Scottish Studies graduates.

Find out more and apply

If you’d like to study on any of our undergraduate programmes, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. There’s lots of information about the application process on the University of Edinburgh website, including detailed entrance requirements and fees.

Go to the University of Edinburgh web page on how to apply for undergraduate study

Visit us

Our undergraduate Open Days are a great chance to find out about student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best: our students and staff. Our next Open Days will be for students wishing to start their undergraduate degree in 2021. The Open Days scheduled for 26th September and 10th October 2020 are currently still planned to go ahead. The University is also working to develop an online alternative for prospective students thinking about starting university in 2021.

Keep up to date with Open Day information on the University of Edinburgh website 

Student representation 

Find out more about class representatives and student representation in Scottish Studies (secured)