Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
Open to the world

Subject area: Celtic

Why choose Celtic at the University of Edinburgh?

  • A leading centre for the study of minority languages, we have played a key role in teaching, researching and promoting Scottish Gaelic since 1882.

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

  • Our friendly and innovative department runs an annual prize-giving scheme and has a great relationship with An Comunn Ceilteach, the University’s oldest Student Society and organisers of the city’s largest annual cèilidh.

Study abroad

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 Ritchie 3rd year MA (Hons) Celtic
Dylan Ritchie 3rd year MA (Hons) Celtic

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, the National Library of Scotland and National Museum of Scotland - 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. We work at the cutting edge of linguistic and sociolinguistic research.

As a student here, you will engage with a broad range of subjects in your first two years, and specialise in Years 3 and 4, 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 degree programme, or jointly with one of a number of other subjects.

You will 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 the medieval Celtic languages and literatures at honours level.