Research course

Celtic and Gaelic

Institution
University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMLitt by researchMRes

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Whether you are interested in literature, language, history and culture, we provide a supportive environment for postgraduate research.

We offer courses and supervision in a range of subject areas related to the research activities and interests of academic staff.

We were rated in the top 10 result for Celtic & Gaelic (overall and for outputs) in the recent research assessment exercise (REF 2014)

Topics in which we would welcome postgraduate research include:

  • modern and medieval Celtic languages
  • literature and cultures, especially modern Scottish Gaelic and Irish language and linguistics
  • modern Scottish Gaelic literature, 18th–21st centuries
  • Gaelic linguistics
  • medieval Celtic literatures
  • textual cultures of the medieval Celtic speaking areas;
  • medieval Celtic art
  • Celtic place names of Scotland.

Interdisciplinary Context

We are well placed to provide an appropriate environment for cross- and interdisciplinary research. Staff and students benefit from collaboration and interaction in research and teaching with members of other subject areas such as Archaeology. We are committed to creating and sustaining an open and involved research environment, and are one of the core subject areas of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies. We also participate in the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

College of Arts Graduate School funding opportunities

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2018/19

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in Celtic Languages.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2018/19

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months
part time
36 months

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details