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The University of Edinburgh: Celtic Studies

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


A Masters by Research (MScR) programme is ideal if you have a clear idea of the independent research you wish to undertake at masters level. The programme is a good stepping stone to a PhD, but is equally of value as a stand-alone qualification.

As a Masters by Research student, you’ll be part of a wider masters community while specialising in what most interests you right from the beginning of the programme. This is how it is different to a taught Masters (MSc).

We specialise in the languages, literatures and cultures of the Celtic - and in particular the Gaelic - peoples, from Iron Age Europe to the present.

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.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), our research was submitted in Modern Languages and Linguistics. The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - third in the UK based on the quality and breadth of its research in Modern Languages and Linguistics according to Times Higher Education's REF power ratings.

Join our community and undertake a 20,000-word dissertation under the guidance of an experienced and well-published supervisor. 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

  • Gaelic linguistics, dialectology, and language technology

  • The 'Celtic Revival' in Scotland

We are happy to discuss your topic with you.

MSc (Res)

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