M.Litt. Celtic Studies

University of Glasgow

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Key facts

·MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

·Contact: Dr Geraldine Parsons: humanities-pg@glasgow.ac.uk

Why Glasgow

·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.

Programme Structure

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 Masters programme or take another language course.


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.


The taught Masters programme in Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow is an interdisciplinary programme focussing on the Medieval Celtic languages, literature and history, taught and run by participating scholars from Celtic and Gaelic, Archaeology and History. Glasgows wealth of expertise offers students a chance to branch out into many different specialist studies, as well as gaining a good grounding in one or more of the medieval Celtic languages. Its flexible structure of core courses combined with specialist work allows it to be suitable both for those who already have an undergraduate degree in Celtic Studies or a similar subject, and for those who come to the degree with little exposure to Celtic Studies but having previous university experience of another related subject such as history, literature, or archaeology. While the programme is intended to provide an excellent base for those who wish to proceed to further research in the form of a PhD, it is also open to those who wish to study the subject for a year for its own sake, or who wish to bolt on knowledge of Celtic Studies to their other learning, skills and expertise. It can be taken over one year, or part-time over two years.

Career Prospects

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.


Core Courses

Skills and scholarship in Celtic studiesSemester 1

Themes and Debates in Celtic StudiesSemester 2

Optional courses

Language Over two semesters (40 credits)
Introductory or, if appropriate, advanced study in:
Early Gaelic / Old and Middle IrishMiddle WelshModern Scottish GaelicSpecialist Options Two specialist courses, one in each semester. (20 credits each)
Students may normally choose from the following courses:
Celtic Art: An Interdisciplinary ApproachCeltic Place-names of ScotlandCritical Issues in Early Gaelic LiteratureFinn in Gaelic LiteratureLegal traditions in Medieval Ireland and WalesLiteracy in Celtic Culture and Society: An Interdisciplinary ApproachPicts: An Interdisciplinary Approach Alternatively, students can opt to one or two courses in guided reading in a field of their choice, directed by a specialist, and produce a research essay of c. 5000 words. 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. 5000 words].You may alternatively, with the approval of the programme organiser, take a taught course from a related Masters programme or take another language course.


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.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements:student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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