Scottish Studies at Aberdeen is a wide, thorough and fascinating exploration of the languages and rich literary heritage of Scotland, taking advantage of our strength in teaching and world-leading research in English, Gaelic, Celtic and History. We set Scottish culture in its historical context, and you gain the skills that employers seek.
We offer a range of Scottish Studies degrees which you can read more about below.View available degree programmes
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The linguistic and cultural history of Scotland is complex. A nation created from diverse elements – Celtic, Germanic and Norse – Scotland has always been multicultural, and even today has three main literary languages: Gaelic, Scots and English.
You will study widely from Gaelic Renaissance poetry to Scottish crime fiction, and Scottish Gothic to Scotland in the modern world. You will be inspired by researchers who are international leaders in their fields, and you will enjoy close links with two major research institutes with Scottish culture at their core.
The analytical, oral and written skills you develop during your studies are highly sought after by prospective employers, and your degree will bring opportunities across a range of careers – particularly if you are fluent in Scottish Gaelic. Broadcasting, journalism, teaching and librarianship are all options open to Scottish Studies graduates.
Aberdeen is the ideal location to study Scotland’s diverse heritage, with a vibrant cultural identity which celebrates the traditional while embracing the modern. You will thrive in our friendly and vibrant international community, on our beautiful medieval campus with great facilities for learning, sports and leisure, and many opportunities to develop the extra skills and interests to boost your career prospects, and to broaden your horizons through study abroad.
Available Programmes of Study
Why Study Scottish Studies at Aberdeen?
- Home to two major research institutes with Scottish culture at their core â€“ the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies and the Elphinstone Institute specialising in the culture and traditions of northern Scotland.
- Particular strengths in teaching and research in Irish and Scottish studies, Scandinavian studies, late medieval and early modern history in Scotland, and in the Celtic and Gaelic world.
- Spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, combining top-class study facilities with state-of-the-art learning technology, and extensive collections of Scottish history, languages and culture.
- Major Scottish literary treasures including the MacBean Stuart and Jacobite Collection, a superb collection of the novels of Sir Walter Scott, archives of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, and fascinating local records from the middle ages.
- The WORD Centre for Creative Writing, promoting creative projects in fiction, non-fiction and collaborative mixed-media in all the languages of north-east Scotland (from Doric to Polish).
- A packed programme of events, exhibitions, invited speakers and the annual May Festival which attracts internationally acclaimed authors, broadcasters and public figures and includes strong Scottish and Gaelic theme with readings and discussion.
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