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The University of Edinburgh: Celtic Studies and Scottish Studies

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Study type Research


Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise in a community that really values research; and to make an original, positive contribution to learning in Celtic Studies and Scottish Studies.

We specialise in the languages, literatures and cultures of the Celtic and in particular the Gaelic peoples, from Iron Age Europe to the present, and Scottish Ethnology, the study of Scotland's traditions, belief systems, and forms of cultural expression.

Research community

Based in Scotland's capital and festival city, our research community is at the forefront of policy development and cultural innovation.

We work at the cutting edge of linguistic, cultural, literary, and sociolinguistic research in the Celtic languages, with a particular focus on Scottish Gaelic. We play a leading role in relation to language planning and maintenance, particularly for Scottish Gaelic.

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.

Celtic studies

Our Celtic studies expertise covers:

  • Old Irish and Middle Welsh language, literature and culture

  • Scottish Gaelic and modern Irish language, literature, and culture

  • Celtic sociolinguistics and language policy

  • Scottish studies and ethnology

Our Scottish studies and ethnology expertise covers:

  • oral narrative

  • song and instrumental music

  • material culture

  • social organisation

  • custom and belief

  • place names

Interdisciplinary research

Working with colleagues elsewhere in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, and across the wider University, we are able to support PhD theses crossing boundaries between disciplines and/or languages.

Your thesis

Over the course of your PhD, you'll be expected to complete an original body of work under the expert guidance of your supervisors leading to a dissertation of between 70,000 and 100,000 words.

You will be awarded your doctorate if your thesis is judged to be of an appropriate standard, and your research makes a definite contribution to knowledge.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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