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
- 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
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
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.
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
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.
- Eligibility and submission details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017
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.
- Eligibility and application details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017 (we must also have received your PhD application by this date)
Qualification and course duration
MLitt by research
Course contact details