Introduction

If you have ever been curious about historical cultures in the UK, particularly European Celts and their branches, or German invaders offering Roman culture and legacy, you will love this programme. It offers you in-depth insight about kingdoms, cultures, invasions and historical accounts. It explores who the British really are and why. The MLitt Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies examines theories, methodology in mediaeval languages, history and literature of Germanic, Celtic and Gaelic regions.

The Celtic culture came to Britain from other parts of Europe 500 years before the first Roman invasion gradually infiltrated Britain. They had their own distinct language and culture. The Anglo Saxons came to Britain after the fall of the Roman empire from 400-1066 changing from Barbarians to Christians. They joined Jutes and Frisians from Denmark and their language become the English language of today and their four kingdoms of Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia and Wessex are still in the geographical culture of today.


The MLitt Celtic and Anglo Saxon Studies offers you training in mediaeval languages, history and culture. The programme is unique to Scotland and it is ideal if you want to continue to postgraduate study, doctorate level, or pursue areas of employment within heritage tourism, culture, translation and museum work as a specialist. The programme allows you to think across traditional boundaries by understanding the interactions of Celtic and Anglo Saxons compared to Scandinavia.


You can choose from a range of courses such as Mediaeval Welsh language, Scottish Gaelic, Latin, Old Norse and literature including 'Tales of Vengeance and Enchantment, The Heroic Age in Irish and Icelandic Saga Literature.' You may also look at history including Scottish history and Irish history.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MLitt
Duration
1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MLitt programme which runs in September.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Stage 1 and Stage 2: Research methods courses:

Content: Candidates undertake the following for Stage 1 and Stage 2:

CE5036 Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Research Seminar (15 credit points)

CE5526 Dissertation Preparation (15 credit points)

Celtic & Anglo - Saxon Research Seminar (CE5036) - Credits: 15

This seminar series is focused on discussion of works by member of staff in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies or related disciplines. Students will discuss each piece as a group. The seminars will therefore provide valuable insights into scholarly methods and research debates.

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Dissertation Preparation (CE5526) - Credits: 15

This course involves detailed and critical discussion of primary and secondary materials suited to the research interests of the student (as developed over the preceding semester). The course is intended to provide the student with the fullest preparation for researching and writing the M.Litt. dissertation.

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Optional Courses

Courses from an extensive list which, along with the above, total 120 credit points, with the approval of the Programme Co-ordinator. These cover themes in Scandinavian literature, history, and culture spanning the medieval and modern periods.

Modern Gaelic for Postgraduates (A) (CE5016) - Credits: 30

An intensive language course in modern Scottish Gaelic, for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language. Through a variety of teaching methods, students will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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Modern Irish Language for Postgraduates 1 (CE5034) - Credits: 30

This course covers the grammatical structures of the modern Irish language at an introductory level, including study of pronunciation and a basic introduction to the differences between the dialects of Irish. Students will be encouraged to practise basic conversation in Irish.

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M.litt Special Study in Language and Literature 1 (EL50A9) - Credits: 30

This course option is designed to allow the creation of a programme of individual study where other appropriate course options at masters level are not available. It will run at the discretion of the programme co-ordinator. In discussion with a designated supervisor students will be able to identify and design a programme of research and study, which may include the completion of an undergraduate course, with assessments appropriate to masters-level work, or which may be consist of a short programme of research conducted over one semester.

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Modern Gaelic for Postgraduates (B) (CE5529) - Credits: 30

This course builds on the foundation laid in the first semester and concentrates on the acquisition of further basic grammar and vocabulary, and on the development of more advanced reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills

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M.litt Special Study in Language and Literature 1 (EL55A9) - Credits: 30

This course option is designed to allow the creation of a programme of individual study where other appropriate course options at masters level are not available. It will run at the discretion of the programme co-ordinator. In discussion with a designated supervisor students will be able to identify and design a programme of research and study, which may include the completion of an undergraduate course, with assessments appropriate to masters-level work, or which may be consist of a short programme of research conducted over one semester.

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Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Celtic & Anglo - Saxon Research Seminar (CE5036) - Credits: 15

This seminar series is focused on discussion of works by member of staff in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies or related disciplines. Students will discuss each piece as a group. The seminars will therefore provide valuable insights into scholarly methods and research debates.

View detailed information about this course

Dissertation Preparation (CE5526) - Credits: 15

This course involves detailed and critical discussion of primary and secondary materials suited to the research interests of the student (as developed over the preceding semester). The course is intended to provide the student with the fullest preparation for researching and writing the M.Litt. dissertation.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

Modern Gaelic for Postgraduates (A) (CE5016) - Credits: 30

An intensive language course in modern Scottish Gaelic, for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language. Through a variety of teaching methods, students will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

View detailed information about this course

Modern Irish Language for Postgraduates 1 (CE5034) - Credits: 30

This course covers the grammatical structures of the modern Irish language at an introductory level, including study of pronunciation and a basic introduction to the differences between the dialects of Irish. Students will be encouraged to practise basic conversation in Irish.

View detailed information about this course

M.litt Special Study in Language and Literature 1 (EL50A9) - Credits: 30

This course option is designed to allow the creation of a programme of individual study where other appropriate course options at masters level are not available. It will run at the discretion of the programme co-ordinator. In discussion with a designated supervisor students will be able to identify and design a programme of research and study, which may include the completion of an undergraduate course, with assessments appropriate to masters-level work, or which may be consist of a short programme of research conducted over one semester.

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Modern Gaelic for Postgraduates (B) (CE5529) - Credits: 30

This course builds on the foundation laid in the first semester and concentrates on the acquisition of further basic grammar and vocabulary, and on the development of more advanced reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills

View detailed information about this course

M.litt Special Study in Language and Literature 1 (EL55A9) - Credits: 30

This course option is designed to allow the creation of a programme of individual study where other appropriate course options at masters level are not available. It will run at the discretion of the programme co-ordinator. In discussion with a designated supervisor students will be able to identify and design a programme of research and study, which may include the completion of an undergraduate course, with assessments appropriate to masters-level work, or which may be consist of a short programme of research conducted over one semester.

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Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

For the MLitt in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies, students also write a 15,000 word dissertation. Every student is allocated a supervisor according to their research interests.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

The format of assessment varies from course to course within the programme. All work is double marked and submitted to an external examiner for checking. Class size ranges from one-to-one tuition to around twenty students in a group. The Celtic Research Seminar taught in the first semester ranges from 4-8 students and this provides a good opportunity for students on this degree to get to know each other. Most other courses are available to students from more than one Master's Programme.

Why Study Celtic and Anglo Saxon Studies?

  • MLitt Celtic and Anglo Saxon Studies a unique Scottish programme focusing on language, history and literature.
  • The programme is taught by published research experts in their field.
  • The MLitt Celtic and Anglo Saxon Studies is taught by The School of Language and Literature with wide ranging interdisciplinary research centres being relevant to the teaching of this subject.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The standard entrance requirement is a good first degree in an appropriate discipline at a 2(1) level or at a level deemed equivalent by the programme co-ordinator.

References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £4,500
Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year
International Students £13,800
Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,000
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £14,300
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

A Master's Degree in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies can provide a route to a wide range of future careers. Students focusing on Modern Gaelic can find suitable jobs in the media, Scottish Executive, language planning, research and teaching. Students taking a broader curriculum can find suitable careers in translation work, heritage management, tourism, archives, teaching and research. Our students have also taken Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies to supplement an existing interest such as music/ folklore/ history which has then led them to a different range of career options.

Career Opportunities

  • Junior Lecturer
  • Museum Officer
  • Outreach and Community Engagement Officer
  • Publishing

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Aideen O'Leary

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

The School of Language and Literature

  • The School holds Centres where there may be an opportunity to become involved or find out about events and activities with relevance to your programme.
  • Centre for Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies
  • Centre for Linguistic Research

Contact Us

Address
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College

Aberdeen
AB24 3UB