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 find the programme offers a freedom to study within a wide variety of subject areas. The diverse nature of teaching and assessment is also something I have found beneficial. Additionally, the School of Scottish Studies Archives is a rich resource of material for the study of Scotland.

Rory, Year 4, Scottish Studies MA (Hons)


As a Scottish Studies graduate, you'll understand the workings of a modern nation, and will demonstrate a close understanding of the complex set of strands which have come together over time to create it, including the links between politics, culture and society.

Our graduates are highly valued in the workplace for the skills they can demonstrate in research, analysis and communication. The ability to undertake fieldwork, emphasised in some of our courses, is seen by many employers as a desirable skill.

A number of the themes covered in our programme, for example traditional music and song, align with Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence. These and other traditional arts, such as storytelling, have many applications, for example in working with older people, in community education and outreach, and in healthcare.

Graduates have developed successful careers in areas such as broadcasting and the media, museums and heritage, arts and cultural management, publishing, tourism, and policy development. 

Scottish Studies is a very fascinating degree with many areas of interest. As it is a multi-disciplinary programme, you can also explore other subject areas in the University. I would recommend doing this, as it gives you a broader outlook on the subject matter. I would advise students to utilise the School of Scottish Studies Archives on George Square, which features the archive and a library. It is a lovely resource and one I have made great use of.

Euan Lownie, Scottish Studies MA (Hons) 2020Euan is a Sport Content Executive for a Marketing & Advertising agency. He is also a published author.

Find out more about LLC alumni and futures 

Read our interview with Euan Lownie about his book - written while he was a Scottish Studies student


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