In Celtic, we work with the medieval literary tradition in Early Irish and Medieval Welsh (the most extensive in the whole of Europe), as well as Scottish Gaelic and Irish from the late Middle Ages to the present. We also explore the rich oral tradition recorded from the 18th century to the present day, and with poetry from the 18th century golden age of Gaelic literature.
You will study 19th and 20th century responses to the rapid social, cultural, and linguistic changes in countries where the Celtic languages are spoken. You will also study the writing, song, and media production emerging from the lively and varied contemporary cultural scene in Gaelic Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Our expertise spans theoretical and practical issues of current sociolinguistics, language policy and language revitalisation.
Scottish Gaelic is at the heart of our Celtic programme, and at honours level, it is also possible to study the medieval Celtic languages.
At all levels, we offer courses in language, literature, history, and culture, enabling you to build your programme by developing your own interests in particular areas, periods, and disciplines of Celtic studies.
The study of linguistics enables you to investigate the development of languages, using theories of language structure, language acquisition, and language use.
You will have the opportunity to formulate and test scientific hypotheses about linguistic phenomena, and you will learn to use specialist equipment and software for the analysis of the sounds of a language. You will be able to describe the phenomena and processes that influence the changes that languages undergo over time.
Career opportunities after the Celtic and Linguistics programme at The University of Edinburgh
Thanks to an ever-broadening international reach, Celtic languages, literatures and cultures have a steady stream of enthusiastic new speakers and audiences.
In Scotland particularly, developments such as the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, the creation of BBC Alba (the Gaelic digital television service), and the ongoing expansion of Gaelic-medium education have increased demand for highly-educated Gaelic speakers or specialists in Celtic culture.
Employment prospects are particularly high within education, journalism and the media, broadcasting (both radio and television), politics and the cultural sector. In some areas, there are more Gaelic-related jobs than there are people qualified to fill them.
There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level, with the honours years in particular developing the research skills you will need if you choose this path.
- Year 1
In Year 1 of your Celtic studies, you can choose between studying the Gaelic language and Celtic Civilisation.
If you’re taking the language pathway, your course will be determined by how much Scottish Gaelic you already know.
- Year 2
In Year 2 of Celtic, you can choose between continuing to study the Gaelic language, and Celtic Literatures.
If you’re taking the language pathway, you’ll refine your language skills, as well as learning more about Scottish Gaelic’s literature, culture, and linguistic structure, and exploring verse and prose.
- Year 3
In Year 3, you will choose from a range of specialist courses in both Celtic and Linguistics.
- Year 4
In Year 4, you will choose further specialist courses and will complete your dissertation.
- 48 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
International23100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
National1820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
- Home - RUK fees: £9,250
Living costs for Edinburgh
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