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Subject area: Scottish Studies

Why choose Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • The capital city of Scotland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the seat of the Scottish Parliament, is the ideal place to study the nation from a variety of perspectives in a highly flexible programme.

  • You’ll engage with a wide range of disciplines across the University, drawing on its links with Scotland’s key political, cultural and historical institutions and parallels with other countries.

  • You’ll graduate with a wide range of key skills in research, analysis, communication and presentation, as well as a strong understanding of culture and society.

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I find the Scottish Studies 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 Archive at the University is a rich resource of material for the study of Scotland.

Rory 4th year MA (Hons) Scottish Studies
Rory 4th year MA (Hons) Scottish Studies

Introducing Scottish Studies

Scotland is a vibrant, modern European nation, with a rich, varied and fascinating heritage. How can we best study such a nation, and how can we make sense of its past and its present, and help to shape its future?

Our MA (Hons) Scottish Studies programme is interdisciplinary, drawing on arts, humanities and social science approaches to the study of the nation from a variety of perspectives.

Based within Celtic and Scottish Studies in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, you will be encouraged to engage with a range of subject areas across the University that share a common interest in the study of Scotland.

For example, you can draw on courses from Celtic, history, politics, sociology and archaeology, and combine these with a focus on ethnology, heritage, the creative arts and cultural expression.

You will study Scottish cultural history and tradition and discover how literature, music and visual arts have helped to shape Scottish identity.

You will also consider the complex relationship between culture and politics, and draw parallels with other countries to place Scotland in its wider international context.

You will have access to an unrivalled range of resources in the School of Scottish Studies Archives. These resources offer tremendous opportunities for studying Scotland's cultural heritage.

The collections include some 33,000 audio recordings, a photographic archive containing thousands of images from the 1930s onwards, films and videos, and a manuscript archive.