We specialise in the languages, literatures and cultures of the Celtic and Gaelic peoples, from Iron Age Europe to the present, and Scottish Ethnology – the study of Scotland’s traditions, belief systems, and forms of cultural expression.
Research community in Celtic Studies and Scottish Studies at The University of Edinburgh
Based in Scotland’s capital and festival city, our research community is at the forefront of policy development and cultural innovation.
Working at the cutting edge of linguistic, cultural and sociolinguistic research in the Celtic languages, we lead the way for future language planning and maintenance, particularly for Scottish Gaelic.
Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.
Training and support
This programme includes training on research skills, methods and problems in Celtic Studies and Scottish Studies using a combination of traditional and innovative methods.
You will be encouraged and supported to make direct contact with original sources and to gain hands-on experience, whether in reading medieval manuscripts or in handling electronically-stored data.
Between the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), the Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), you’ll find a further range of programmes and resources to help you develop your postgraduate skills.
Our Celtic studies expertise covers:
- Scottish, Irish and Welsh Celtic literature
- literary tradition in the Medieval and modern periods
- Gaelic languages and dialects
- Celtic sociolinguistics and language policy
Recent work has encompassed archaeology, divinity, education and linguistics, with thesis topics including Gaelic oral literature and Celtic history.Scottish studies and ethnology
Our Scottish studies and ethnology expertise covers:
- oral narrative
- song and instrumental music
- material culture
- social organisation
- custom and belief
- place names
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History Linguistics View 90 other PhDs in History in United Kingdom
- A UK 2:1 honours degree and a masters degree, or their international equivalents, in a related subject.
- We may also consider your application if you have equivalent qualifications or experience; please check with your potential supervisor before you apply.
International21150 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21150 GBP per year during 36 months.
National4500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.
PhD PT fees
- International - £10,575
- Home: £2,250
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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