The University of Edinburgh has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. This honours degree in Scottish Studies provides the chance to approach the study of the nation from a multi-disciplinary point of view.
Specific areas which may appeal to graduates of this degree include broadcasting and other media, heritage organisations, publishing, arts development, tourism, local or national government, research, management or education.
The resources in Edinburgh for the study of Scotland are second to none. Students have access to the University’s libraries and computing facilities, to the internationally-renowned School of Scottish Studies Archives, and to a range of audio and visual recording and editing technologies.
Having a knowledge of Scottish culture is likely to be relevant to employers both in a national context and overseas, given Scotland’s links to many countries across the world. The ability to undertake fieldwork, emphasised in some of our courses, is often seen by employers as a desirable skill.
Some of the themes covered on our programme link strongly with the school curriculum in Scotland, e.g. traditional music and song. These and other traditional arts such as storytelling have many applications, e.g. working with the elderly, in community education and outreach activities such as festivals, and in healthcare.
The main programme aims of the programme are
- to enable students to build a strong empirical knowledge base of Scottish cultural expression, past and present.
- to equip students with substantive knowledge of a range of social and cultural contexts, institutions, processes and ideas relating to Scotland within an international context.
- to enable students to understand, evaluate and compare a range of theoretical and methodological frameworks.
- to enable students to develop and apply their knowledge and skills to the understanding and evaluation of issues and problems in the contemporary world.
- to enable students to develop and apply key generic skills in critical thinking, research, oral and written articulation of information and argument.
- to equip students for progression to a wide variety of careers or to further academic study.