Exploring the literature and culture of the Celtic West and the Old North.

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Degree Qualification
MLitt or PhD

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Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies Department at Aberdeen is the only one of its kind in Scotland. Focusing on the literature and culture of early and mediaeval Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, as well as Normandy, Scandinavia and Iceland, we pursue interdisciplinary research in collaboration with neighbouring disciplines, especially Gaelic, Scandinavian Studies, History and English.

Our primary research specialisms include:

  • Interactions between the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon worlds and Classical literature
  • Gods, monsters and Otherworlds in mediaeval and modern literature
  • Celtic and Germanic heroic tales
  • New Testament apocrypha in the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon worlds
  • Comparisons between Gaelic and Nordic literature and folklore
  • Kingship in the Gaelic world
  • Mediaeval understandings of history and fiction

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, and we regularly collaborate with other Celtic departments in Scotland to bring staff and students together, most recently at the Ulidia-Finn conference at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in summer 2018. Our own Centre for Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies brings together scholars and postgraduates whose interests lie in literature, languages, history and culture of the British and Irish isles.

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

Our Centre for Scandinavian Studies fosters interdisciplinary research in the languages, literatures and cultures of the early and mediaeval North, including links between Celtic and Germanic cultures.

Supervisors: 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.

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