Introduction

Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies and Theology and Religion at Aberdeen involve an exploration of the lives and legacy of the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Scandinavian peoples within a broad study of human activity, including a study of the Christian faith and doctrine in a historical, cross-cultural and contemporary context.

This programme is studied on campus.

Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies focuses on the history, culture and literature of the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon worlds. The programme also includes several language options and courses on Celtic literature in the modern age. Taught by leading inter-disciplinary research staff, you will benefit from being taught by world-leading experts in the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon fields.

Theology and Religion is the study of theology and at Aberdeen, our programme explores the subject from a wide perspective. Whether you have a personal, vocational or intellectual interest in the subject, you will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith from this programme. You will learn about the historical, social and political development of the world's religions and their influence in the modern world.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
79QV

What You'll Study

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Barbarians, Romans, Gods and Warriors (CE1033)
Arthur and Finn, Beowulf and Alfred the Great: History, Law and Literature in the Early Medieval North (CE1534) - 15 Credit Points

This course explores the changing cultures of the early mediaeval North, especially the cultural history and literatures of Britain and Ireland between the Anglo-Saxon settlement of south Britain and the Norman invasions half a millennium later. These islands were a cultural and ethnic melting-pot between Celtic and Germanic peoples, as seen through a rich body of texts: heroic poems, historical narratives, law-texts, family trees, letters and outlaw-legends. In lectures and small-group tutorials, we explore the diverse forms of social organisation which emerged, and we examine how these peoples interacted with each other: from sex to violence and everything in between.

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Optional Courses

  • Select a further 45 credit points from level 1 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies.
  • Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice.
Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Love, Loss and Revival: Gaelic Ireland, 1700 to the Present (CE2563)

Optional Courses

  • Arthur in Medieval Celtic and Scandinavian Literature (CE2034) or Vikings in Celtic and Germanic Scotland (CE2034).
  • Select a further 60 credit points from level 2 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies.
  • Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.
Arthur in Mediaeval Celtic and Scandinavian Literature (CE2034)
Year 3

Year 3

Optional Courses

One of the following Options:

Option 1:

  • Dissertation in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies (CE4598)
  • Select a further 90 credit points from level 3 and 4 courses in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies, with a minimum of 15 credit points from level 4.
  • Select a further 120 credit points from level 3 and 4 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies, with a minimum of 30 credit points from level 4.

Option 2:

  • Dissertation in Divinity and Religious Studies (DR4044)
  • Select a further 120 credit points from level 3 and 4 courses in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies, with a minimum of 45 credit points from level 4.
  • Select a further 90 credit points from level 3 and 4 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies.
Dissertation in Celtic & Anglo - Saxon Studies (CE4598) - 30 Credit Points

The Dissertation in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies is for Senior Honours students registered in the Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies degree programme. It will consist of approximately 3 one-hour tutorials, to provide students with guidance on selecting a suitable academic topic and developing a methodology for tackling this topic.

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Dissertation (DR4044) - 30 Credit Points

This course involves the writing of a dissertation in one of the sub-disciplines in Divinity and Religious Studies. Independent Research work is done under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation is an extended essay, of no more than 10,000 words inclusive of bibliography and references.

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Year 4

Year 4

Optional Courses

One of the following Options:

Option 1:

  • Dissertation in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies (CE4598)
  • Select a further 90 credit points from level 3 and 4 courses in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies, with a minimum of 15 credit points from level 4.
  • Select a further 120 credit points from level 3 and 4 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies, with a minimum of 30 credit points from level 4.

Option 2:

  • Dissertation in Divinity and Religious Studies (DR4044)
  • Select a further 120 credit points from level 3 and 4 courses in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies, with a minimum of 45 credit points from level 4.
  • Select a further 90 credit points from level 3 and 4 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies.
Dissertation in Celtic & Anglo - Saxon Studies (CE4598) - 30 Credit Points

The Dissertation in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies is for Senior Honours students registered in the Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies degree programme. It will consist of approximately 3 one-hour tutorials, to provide students with guidance on selecting a suitable academic topic and developing a methodology for tackling this topic.

View detailed information about this course

Dissertation (DR4044) - 30 Credit Points

This course involves the writing of a dissertation in one of the sub-disciplines in Divinity and Religious Studies. Independent Research work is done under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation is an extended essay, of no more than 10,000 words inclusive of bibliography and references.

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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
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Further Information

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How the programme is taught

The typical time spent in scheduled learning activities (lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals), independent self-study or placement is shown for each year of the programme based on the most popular course choices selected by students.

How the programme is assessed

The typical percentage of assessment methods broken down by written examination, coursework or practical exams is shown for each year of the programme based on the most popular course choices selected by students.

Year 1

Learning Method
scheduled: 20%
independent: 80%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 60%
coursework: 35%
practical: 5%

Year 2

Learning Method
scheduled: 20%
independent: 80%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 60%
coursework: 36%
practical: 4%

Year 3

Learning Method
scheduled: 13%
independent: 87%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 36%
coursework: 59%
practical: 5%

Year 4

Learning Method
scheduled: 19%
independent: 81%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 39%
coursework: 56%
practical: 5%

Why Study Celtic & Anglo Saxon Studies and Theology & Religion?

  • Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies at Aberdeen is one of the most unique university programmes offered in Scotland.
  • In the process of gaining an in-depth knowledge of the history, literature and languages of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon culture, you will develop many transferable skills that will enhance your employability.
  • Many of our students are members of the Celtic Society, one of the oldest student societies in the University. You will have the opportunity to be a part of social and cultural events, including Welsh and Irish themed evenings.
  • A large proportion of our Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies staff and postgraduate students are actively involved in research, so you will gain unique insights into the field.
  • You will become part of an international community of scholars, exploring all aspects of theology, ministry and religious studies. You will also benefit from the close links that the University has to religious studies specialists.
  • The Divinity teaching staff at Aberdeen have a range of professional and academic backgrounds and you will benefit from their unique insights into the subject.
  • By studying Theology & Religion at Aberdeen, you will become part of a unique group of students who have studied at a university recognised for its tradition of theological excellence.
  • Through analysis and evaluation, you will develop a range of skills that will enable you to work in a variety of different sectors.
  • A wide variety of courses: from biblical languages to the Reformation in Scotland, and from Buddhist philosophy to the stories of the prophets in Islam.
  • An international community of eminent professors, including leading author and influential thinker Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics.
  • Specialist research and teaching centres include the Aberdeen University Centre for Ministry Studies, the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability, and the Kairos Forum for people with cognitive or intellectual disabilities.
  • The inspiration of the beautiful King’s College Chapel, begun in 1495 by University founder Bishop Elphinstone, a treasure-house of history and religious turbulence and today a precious inter-faith space for a multi-faith university community.
  • Major international treasures in the Library’s Special Collections Centre, including the archives of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland pre-1878 and fascinating local records of local estates and families dating from the Middle Ages.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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


General Entry Requirements

2019 Entry
2020 Entry

SQA Highers

Standard Offer: AABB - BBB
Applicants who have achieved between AABB - BBB are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers may be required in order to receive an offer of admission.

Adjusted / Access Threshold: BB (or below)
Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one or more Widening Participation criteria, are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers will be required in order to receive an offer of admission.

More information on our definition of Standard, Adjusted and Access Threshold entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard offer: BBB

Adjusted / Access Threshold: BB (or below)

More information on our definition of Standard, Adjusted and Access Threshold entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.


English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

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

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) the tuition fee charged upon entry will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
RUK £9,250
Students Admitted in 2019/20
International Students £15,300
Students Admitted in 2019/20

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

Graduates gain essential skills, which include critical thinking, oral and written communication, task management and organised and disciplined working practices. These skills are among the Graduate Attributes which students are encouraged to develop during their time at the University, and are crucial in a wide range of professional careers. Our graduates work in a wide variety of areas in the arts and elsewhere, including heritage management, teaching, research, librarianship, enterprise and broadcasting.

Career Opportunities

  • Junior Lecturer
  • Publishing
  • Researcher

Our Experts

Our courses in Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies and Divinity are taught by experts in their field. Your teachers will include, among others:

Other Expert
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

Celtic Society

One of the oldest, most famous and liveliest student societies in the University. The Society organises social and cultural events, including Welsh and Irish themed evenings and traditional music sessions.

Centre for Scandinavian Studies

Aberdeen has the largest concentration of experts on early Scandinavia in the British Isles.

Unistats

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Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX