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Postgraduate courses in Celtic studies

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There are three Celtic departments in Scotland
Edinburgh University, Glasgow University and Aberdeen University


Dept of Celtic, The University of Edinburgh,
19/20 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Fax: 0131 650 6536
Tel: 0131 650 3622
contact: Professor William Gillies

Degrees available:
PhD (min 3 years); MLitt (min two years); MSc/Diploma (one year/nine months) Entrance qualifications for all three is a good Honours degree in Celtic studies or a related or relevant discipline, but I understand each case is considered on its individual merits.

The MSc/Diploma is based around a series of prescribed specialisms including literary, linguistic and historical options of which candidates choose one. There isn't much specific info on the content of the other courses

The Dept of Celtic was founded in 1882 and is the oldest in Scotland. Current members include Prof William Gillies (head of dept), Ronald Black and Roibeart O Maolalaigh. Allan MacDonald also takes part in teaching. Nerys Ann Jones, Kenneth MacKinnon and Cathair O Dochartaigh are Honorary Fellows of the Faculty of Arts in the field of Celtic Studies.


Roinn na Ceilteis / Celtic Dept
University of Aberdeen
Taylor Building
King's College
Old Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 272549
Fax: 01224 272562


Roinn na Ceilteis / Celtic Dept
Glasgow University
G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 339 8855
Cathair O'Dochartaigh is the head of department at Glasgow and
Thomas Clancy (British Academy Post-Doctoral fellow) teaches

It is said that Aberdeen, then Edinburgh then Glasgow give their students the best opportunities to leave as fluent Gaelic speakers. Edinburgh also has the School of Scottish Studies which is the world centre for Scottish ethnology, folklore, traditions, customs etc (covers the whole of Scotland, not just the Highlands).

The School of Scottish Studies offers courses in ethnology and has strong links with the Dept of Celtic (both part of Edinburgh University)

There may eventually also be courses on offer at the
University of the Highlands and Islands

There is also a Celtic studies dept at St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Ken Nilsen teaches at St FX, used to teach in the Boston area see Dr Ken Nilsen's homepage at
For info on summer courses in Nova Scotia, see

There is also a Masters program at U. of Wales, Cardiff in Welsh Ethnology

Jordanhill offers courses for people wishing to become Gaelic teachers

Jordanhill College
45 Chamberlain Road
G13 1SP

Clydebank College also offers Gaelic courses

Clydebank College
Kilbowie Road
Siorramachd Dhun Breatann
G81 2AA

There are also Celtic Studies departments at Harvard College and Stonehill College (in Easton, Massachusetts) and the University of California at Berkeley. There is an Irish Studies Program at Boston College.

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