Exploring the ancient, medieval and modern cultures of the Celtic-speaking countries.

The Celtic Department at Aberdeen provides a highly supportive research with 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.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MLitt or PhD

Our Research

We are interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake postgraduate level work on Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies at the doctoral level.

Please contact one of the supervisors below if you are thinking about applying for a PhD in their subject area.

Research Interests

Centre for Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies and Research Institute of Irish and Sottish Studies

Celtic at Aberdeen is well connected across Scotland with National centres of excellence in Celtic studies. Our own Centre for Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies brings together scholars and postgraduates whose interests lie in literature, languages, history and culture of Celtic-speaking lands.

The Research Institute of Irish and Sottish Studies promotes high-quality research focused around history, literary and cultural studies, and the languages of Ireland and Scotland. 

Supervisors: Professor Patrick Crotty. Professor David Dumville, Professor Ralph O’Connor, Dr Aideen M. O’Leary

Entry Requirements

To apply for this programme must have at least a good Honours degree in a related subject or discipline.

Applicants 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

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB