Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Celtic

Why choose Celtic at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Celtic has been taught at the University since 1882. We are a leading centre for the study of minority languages in the Celtic context.

  • As well as being immersed in Celtic culture beyond the classroom, our teaching staff are also highly active researchers, working at the cutting edge of linguistic and sociolinguistic research in the Celtic languages.

  • Our 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.

  • You’ll be based at the heart of the University, in the city’s historic centre, close to our Main Library, the School of Scottish Studies Archives, and the National Library of Scotland and National Museum of Scotland, all of which have fantastic collections for students of Celtic.

  • There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 and you’ll graduate with the skills to capitalise on Celtic’s growing profile, both in Scotland and internationally.

Study abroad

The staff are very approachable and willing to help out with any queries or problems. The teaching style is also quite interactive.

Catriona Heawood 2nd year MA (Hons) Celtic & English Literature
Catriona Heawood 2nd year MA (Hons) Celtic & English Literature

Introducing Celtic

Leugh an duilleag seo sa Gàidhlig

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 growing numbers of 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.

As a student here, you’ll engage with a broad range of subjects in your first two years, and specialise thereafter, developing your expertise in the periods and disciplines that interest you most. At all levels, we have an extensive range of courses to choose from, covering extraordinarily rich literary and oral traditions from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Scottish Gaelic

It doesn’t matter if you're a complete beginner or have studied Scottish Gaelic before, you can take Celtic as a single honours programme, or jointly with one of a number of other subjects.

You’ll gain an interdisciplinary insight into Celtic’s wider historical and contemporary context and, although Scottish Gaelic language, literature and culture are at the heart of our programmes, you can also study Modern Irish and the medieval Celtic languages and literatures at honours level.