Celtic and Scottish Studies
Information for offer holders on single and joint honours degree programmes involving Celtic, Scottish Ethnology and Scottish Studies. Fàilte!
Welcome from Professor Jeremy Robbins, Head of School
Thank you for your interest in the subject area of Celtic and Scottish Ethnology. Whichever programme you hold an offer for, congratulations on receiving it! I’m delighted that you are interested in studying with us, and we very much hope that you will join our community.
Based in Scotland’s capital, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is the ideal place to study the Scottish and Celtic nations. We are proud to be the home of the oldest department of Celtic in Scotland. Our students and graduates tell us that they value the School’s friendliness, the connections they have made here, and the in-depth guidance of our staff, who are experts in their field and passionate about what they do.
If you’re thinking about taking a language pathway through our Celtic programme and have little experience in Scottish Gaelic, don’t worry - we specialise in teaching students from scratch so, whatever your existing level, you will be in good hands. As you progress, you’ll be able to build your programme around your own interests in particular periods or aspects of Celtic studies. If you’re doing a programme in Scottish Ethnology, or Scottish Studies, it’s also possible to learn Gaelic as part of your studies. It’s totally up to you.
Ordinarily, we’d be welcoming you to our building in the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s Central Area, just across George Square from the School of Scottish Studies Archives. As we can’t do that just now, we’ve provided as much information as we can here to help you on your way to choosing the right university for you.
Good luck, and we hope to see you in September.
Recording from our recent Celtic and Scottish Studies offer holder event
If you missed our live subject presentation, catch up now to learn more from staff members Anja Gunderloch (Celtic) and Will Lamb (Scottish Ethnology and Scottish Studies) about our degree programmes and the courses within them, including our Celtic modern and medieval pathways.
- Video: Celtic and Scottish Studies Offer Holder Subject Session 2021
- Our academic staff explain what it will be like to study Scottish and Celtic Studies at Edinburgh
Our programmes and community
Studying has been a real joy, exploring Scotland's culture and traditions. We've learned about everything from changelings and fairy folk to alien abduction stories! The staff are lovely, and we have access to lots of unique archive data. You'll get to talk to people about their experiences, which is a real privilege.
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.
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.
The detailed content of your degree programme has now been published in our Degree Programme Tables for 2021 entry.
What is my Degree Programme Table (DPT)?
Your Degree Programme Table provides information about what you will study on your programme at Edinburgh and how you will be assessed.
The information is correct for the academic year 2021-22. Your DPT will be updated each year that you study at Edinburgh, so details may change for future years of your programme.
Please note, there may be some minor changes to your degree programme since you applied, but the structure and compulsory courses remain the same.
What should I look out for?
As part of your programme you’ll take a selection of courses (some are compulsory and some you can choose yourself). Each course is assigned a number of credits and you’ll need to take 120 credits worth of courses each year.
Your DPT will show which courses are compulsory, which optional courses are open to your programme, and how many credits each course is worth.
You should also check your DPT to see whether there are any prerequisites (e.g. specific qualifications) you need to have to take a particular course.
Choosing your courses
You will make your course choices at the start of the academic year.
There will be a virtual Course Options Fair, where you can pick up more information on courses available within your programme.
You will be able to discuss your options with us, including availability of courses and timetabling. Some courses may have a limited number of places or you may find that the courses you’d like to take conflict in terms of scheduling, so you’ll need to consider a range of options.
We will be able to help guide you as you select your path of study.
The Traditional Artist in Residence scheme brings performers from the traditional arts in Scotland into the University to work with staff and students on a range of projects and performances.
The current holder of the three-year position is the musician, composer, producer and arranger, Mike Vass, one of the most creative forces on the Scottish music scene.
We chatted to Mike about coming of age in Edinburgh’s traditional music session scene, and searching for treasures in the School of Scottish Studies Archives.
Last year, Scottish Studies student (now graduate) Euan Lownie published his first book, ‘Never, Ever Take Anybody’s Advice on Anything’.
The result of four years' work collecting advice from successful Scots, the book features words of wisdom from writer Irvine Welsh, Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay, and the founders of Glasgow Women’s Library, Social Bite and BHP Comics among others.
Asked what inspired him, Euan says: “Myself and many of my friends were unsure what we wanted to do, and those of us that had an idea often didn’t know how to get there".
Living and studying abroad can broaden your horizons, transform your academic perspective, and help you to get the very most from your undergraduate career.
Joint degrees with French and Scandinavian Studies
If you're studying a joint degree with French or Scandinavian Studies, you will spend some time abroad - up to a full academic year, depending on your programme. This will be the 2023-2024 academic year, your third year as an Edinburgh student. It will be your chance to turn classroom learning into living engagement with Francophone or Scandinavian culture, developing lots of skills that you will use after university and that employers love to see.
All other Celtic and Scottish Studies degrees
If you are not studying a joint degree with a European language, study abroad is entirely optional. But if you do apply to go abroad for a full year, it will be the 2023-2024 academic year, your third year as an Edinburgh student. Through the University’s Study and Work Away service, there are also opportunities to go abroad for a much shorter time, including on work placement or for summer school.
If international travel restrictions mean that you cannot go abroad, don’t worry. You will be offered alternative ways of engaging with your subject(s), allowing you to meet your learning outcomes and prepare for your final year.
Find out more about Go Abroad opportunities at the University of Edinburgh and hear from our Study and Work Away Team.
One of the benefits of taking a four-year degree is the chance to study different subjects in your first two years. Most of our degree programmes have this flexibility.
There are lots of benefits to learning a language, from making the most of time abroad to enhancing your social life in Edinburgh and increasing your employability.
We have a very wide range of languages to choose from, either as part of your programme, as a short evening course with the Centre for Open Learning, or socially.
The majority are suitable for complete beginners - no previous experience required!
Take a look around our School, and the wider University, with our Virtual Visit. Look inside 50 George Square (where Celtic and Scottish Studies is based), check out the campus libraries and points of interest, and get a feel for what it's like to study and live in Edinburgh.
We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021.
We’re monitoring government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and we’ll adjust our 2021-22 plans in response to any relevant changes.Current plans for teaching and learning in 2021-22
Lucilla Luprano has just been voted in as the Student Association’s Undergraduate Rep(representative) for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) for 2021/22.
Asked what advice she has for school leavers starting university this year, she says: "No matter how scary it seems, just jump into all the opportunities you find interesting. Four years are actually shorter than they seem."Find out more about Lucilla’s role in LLC
What happens next?
We'd love you to accept your offer and become part of our community.
If you do accept your offer, you will receive further information about what to do next, including details of our New Students website and information about Welcome Week.