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Ethnology and Folklore MLitt

University of Aberdeen · The Elphinstone Institute

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This is a unique programme to look at Ethnology, Folklore and Musicology at University of Aberdeen with the Elphinstone Institute. The programme will develop a broad-based understanding of how Ethnology and Folklore evolved, and of their approaches to the major genres of study: material culture, custom and belief, oral narrative, song, childlore and games, sports and pastimes.

Through case-studies of Scottish material, the course will show how the concepts of ethnology and folklore can be used to investigate important issues in contemporary society. Graduates from a variety of backgrounds will gain a sound knowledge of the concepts, skills and methodologies of ethnology and folklore, whether in preparation for doctoral research, or as an end in itself.

Courses include: History and Core Genes of Ethnology and Folklore, Intellectual Backgrounds and Methodologies, Oral Traditions, Scottish Contexts and Practical Field Work, and Dissertation in Ethnology and Folklore

Industry Links and Careers

As a specialist you can advise upon heritage and culture, re-visit cultural experiences of the past and teach others about it. Employment could be working within tourism and heritage, or making music or it could be within teaching in specialist areas or as a consultant. You may also take your qualification further by adding specialist professional knowledge and skills to augment an area which interests you in music for example or you may just want to study the programme as someone interested in the culture of Scotland.


Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • You study at the Elphinstone Institute which is a specialist centre within Ethnology, Folklore, North East Scotland folklore and traditions.
  • Lecturers include Dr Thomas Mckean who specialises in practices of the individual and expression of creativity in traditiion. He established the North East Folklore Archive in Mintlaw and research includes the fire festivals, New England vernacular architecture, relationship and memory of song in West coast Gaelic communities

Quick Facts

  • Start Date – September
  • Delivery - on campus
  • Study Options – Full Time, Part Time
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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