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Scottish Ethnology

Roseanne Tye talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study Scottish ethnology with us.

Roseanne Tye

Roseanne Tye

Roseanne Tye is in her 4th year in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures studying MA Scottish Ethnology.

"I was drawn to Edinburgh because of the location - Edinburgh was a city I knew well, but it was still new enough to me that I was able to continue discovering places and things to do. The wealth of culture on offer means that even though I've lived in Scotland all my life, I have so many chances to explore the city and its place in the world.

The University itself was widely recognised for being one of the best in the country, so the combination of opportunities to develop myself both within and outwith my academic sphere was incredibly appealing."

My student experience

"The best thing about student life is freedom! Whether it is being confident in pushing myself out of my comfort zone (however big or small scale it may be), or feeling able to experiment with cooking, my living conditions, or having independence in studying. I feel in control of my own life and free to live it!"

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My programme

"Scottish Ethnology is everything to me, and I love everything about it. I transferred from another programme, and the opportunity to do so has given me optimism and drive for my education. We study a vast range of fascinating areas, many of which I would never have dreamed of engaging in at a university level: politics, music, art, language, folklore, archaeology - anything that's Scottish.

"It's so fascinating to explore every era and social context in a way that's not as narrow as it first sounds. Everything we learn is applicable to other cultures and experiences - this programme is providing me with transferable skills which speak to me on a personal level. Every opportunity to explore ideas further is satisfying, as it gives further depth to a vast pool of knowledge that I would never have tapped into otherwise.

"The most challenging aspect of my programme for me is the exam. I enjoy essays - the opportunity they provide for research and development is appealing to me, but exams assess your memory and writing skills under pressure. Luckily, through class discussions and study groups with other students, I'm working to develop my revision skills and to fine-tune my techniques for writing in exams.

"The workload at university level is vastly different from that at high school. However, the independent nature of studying is extremely rewarding. Every essay you combat is an opportunity to examine a specific area - one which is of interest to you - and you invest effort into creating a piece of work that's unique.

"My programme allows me to develop myself in so many areas, but the independent work I do as part of assessment allows me the freedom to research and establish personal ties to fascinating topics of discussion."

Scottish Ethnology is everything to me, and I love everything about it. I transferred from another degree, and the opportunity to do so has given me optimism and drive for my education. We study a vast range of fascinating areas, many of which I would never have dreamed of engaging in at a university level.

Roseanne Tye3rd Year, Scottish Ethnology (MA)

"So far my favourite course at university has been Scotland and Orality, a mandatory course for my programme during second year. When first looking at the course description I was dubious as to how much it would interest me, but as soon as I stuck my teeth into it I was sold. It examined oral culture within Scotland, discussing songs, stories, and music. This transcended time, moving from the earliest records right up to the present day.

"We were also lucky enough to make use of the newly updated School of Scottish Studies Archive facilities, researching oral culture for ourselves. Every piece of coursework was able to be personalised - who would have thought that I would be writing an essay about weather lore, or how to magically cure a cow? The content and the teaching of the course was impeccable, and it was by far my most enjoyable time at university."

My future

"My programme has not only succeeded in developing my understanding of Scottish culture, or providing me with transferable skills (such as teamwork, communications, time management, research skills and study skills), all of which are likely going to be useful in my future career, but has enabled me to discover myself.

"Through my programme, I have gained confidence in my values and my abilities, my drive and my motivations. The opportunity to study a subject which allows me to develop academically and personally is invaluable, and wherever I end up I believe that I will be much better for making the most of it."

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