The Elphinstone Institute is the only research centre specialising in the vigorous vernacular culture of the North-East and North of Scotland, and the only Folklore-degree granting institution in the United Kingdom. We offer a taught MLitt (Master's) degree in Ethnology and Folklore, as well as MLitt Res, MPhil, and PhD research degrees, all of which can be undertaken full- or part-time. Our programmes have attracted students from across Scotland, as well as North America, Europe, and Asia. Graduates from the Institute’s programmes have gone on to work in academia, archiving, cultural tourism, education, administration and other fields.
The North-East of Scotland is internationally renowned for its traditional singers and musicians, its unmatched legacy of traditional balladry (for example, the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection), and the global impact of its whisky and fishing industries. It is also the main European centre for offshore oil and gas activity. Aberdeen thus offers unmatched opportunities for both historical and contemporary ethnographic research. More information about the research being undertaken by staff and students at the Institute can be found on our research and staff pages.