Celtic and Anglo-Saxon research allows you to make full use of our department and links to Celtic Departments at other Universities and the Irish-Scottish Academic Initiative.

The Celtic Department at Aberdeen provides a highly supportive research environment which fosters a wide variety of scholarly approaches to the ancient, medieval and modern cultures of the Celtic-speaking countries.

There is a special focus on contemporary Scottish Gaelic language, literature and socio-linguistics, minority-language planning and policy, medieval history, ancient Celtic religion and mythology, and the formation of our image of the Celts in the modern period.

The Department is represented on the Board of Celtic Studies (Scotland) and in close contact with the Celtic Departments of other Scottish Universities (Edinburgh, Glasgow).

Postgraduates are encouraged to make use of such links. Celtic at Aberdeen is also a member of the Irish-Scottish Academic Initiative, involving the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde along with Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. This provides students and staff with opportunities for scholarly exchanges of various types.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MLitt or PhD

Our Experts

Prof David Norman Dumville is a leading expert in medieval Insular Celtic history and palaeography.

Dr Aideen O'Leary has a wide knowledge of medieval Insular languages and has undertaken research on religious literature from the Middle Ages (in particular concerning fears about the apocalypse) and medieval Irish poetry.

Other Experts
Dr Michelle MacLeod , The University of Aberdeen
Dr Moray Watson
Professor Ralph O'Connor

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Fees and Funding

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Postgraduate degrees in Gaelic or Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies can lead to careers in University teaching and research, but they can also lead to careers in, for example, the civil service, tourism, heritage management and the media. With the implementation of the Gaelic Language Act, special opportunities may be expected to arise for graduates who have acquired the ability to speak and write Scottish Gaelic with fluency.

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Contact Details

Contact Name
Dr Aiden O'Leary
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB