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The University of Edinburgh: Scottish Ethnology

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.

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

Based in Scotland’s capital and festival city, at the heart of a lively contemporary cultural scene, we are the longest established Celtic department in Scotland.

Over the past 70 years, our School of Scottish Studies Archives has grown into an unrivalled collection of sound, video, film and photographic resources which continue to inspire new research and creative work.

We are the home of the European Ethnological Research Centre which promotes research into everyday life and society in Scotland through long-term projects such as the Regional Ethnology of Scotland and publications including Scottish Life and Society: a compendium of Scottish ethnology.

Scottish ethnology provides a fascinating insight into the traditional and popular culture of Scotland, while giving you a set of ethnographical skills that you can apply to any culture.

We specialise in research and field collection in the following areas:

  • oral narrative

  • song and instrumental music

  • material culture

  • social organisation

  • custom and belief

  • place names

  • heritage studies

  • Gaelic and Scottish language and culture in the diaspora

MSc (Res)

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