Celtic Studies (Taught) University of Glasgow


This Masters in Celtic Studies is an interdisciplinary programme specialising in the medieval Celtic languages, literature, history and archaeology covering the whole span of the Middle Ages from the 6th to the 16th centuries.

The wide-ranging curriculum can be tailored to your own undergraduate experience. This means the programme is suitable whether you have a Celtic Studies degree or you come from a related subject such as history, literature, or archaeology.
This programme will provide you with a highly stimulating environment, learning from internationally renowned scholars.
You will participate in the lively research culture of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, including weekly research seminars across the academic session.
You will enjoy easy access to our research archive, the MacLean Room, which houses our range of books, periodicals and other printed material relating to Celtic and Gaelic.
At Glasgow, you are uniquely well placed to study the medieval Celts in the context of Scottish Gaelic. Through the work of its Gaelic Officer and the Gàidhlig@OilthighGhlaschu initiative, Celtic and Gaelic provides you an unparalleled opportunity to work and socialise in a bilingual environment and to experience the music and culture of contemporary Gaelic Scotland.

Graduates have secured jobs in academia, museums and government heritage bodies; publishing and book marketing; primary and secondary teaching, and teaching English as a foreign language abroad.

The programme also provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and an academic career.

  • Qualification


  • Study mode


  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    24 months

Course details


You will take two core courses, choose two optional courses (one per semester) and study a Celtic Language. You will also produce a 10,000-15,000 word dissertation on a specialist topic agreed with your supervisor.

Core courses

Skills and scholarship in Celtic studies (Semester 1)
Themes and debates in Celtic studies (Semester 2)
You will also take a course in one of the medieval Celtic languages at introductory or advanced level. You may, if appropriate, take a course in Scottish Gaelic instead.

Introduction to Early Gaelic (Old and Middle Irish)
Introduction to Middle Welsh.
Optional courses from a wide range of specialist courses including

Celtic Art: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Celtic Place-names of Scotland
Critical Issues in Early Gaelic Literature
Finn in Gaelic Literature
Legal traditions in Medieval Ireland and Wales
Literacy in Celtic Culture and Society: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Picts: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Special Option (Semester 1 or 2) This is a course of guided reading, directed by a specialist in a field of your choice, designed to produce a research essay of c. 5,000 words.
You may alternatively, with the approval of the programme organiser, take a taught course from a related Master’s programme or take another language course.

Find out more about core and optional courses.


You will write a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words on a topic of your choice, benefitting from the expert supervision of our staff.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
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Assessment method


Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

Note: a short (one paragraph) statement of interest is also required.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £850 Credit
England £850 Credit
Northern Ireland £850 Credit
Scotland £850 Credit
Wales £850 Credit

Additional fee information

£850 per 20 credits Fees are subject to change and for guidance only Additional fees Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315 Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250 Registration/exam only fee: £150 General Council fee: £50

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