Irish & Scottish Studies


In Aberdeen

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  • Typology


  • Location

    Aberdeen (Scotland)

  • Duration

    24 Months


Suitable for: Students who wish to study the history, literature and culture of Ireland and Scotland. It is likely to appeal to those who wish to create a solid foundation on which to build a PhD proposal, those who wish to teach literature or history, and those who wish to study Literature, History or Celtic Studies at a postgraduate level to further their interest in culture and life-long learning.




Aberdeen (Aberdeen City)
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19 College Bounds, Humanity Manse, AB24 3UG


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To take into account

Normally a 2(i) degree or at a level deemed equivalent. Students whose first language is not English need to have a minimum of IELTS at 6.5, (with 6.0 in the writing component), or equivalent.

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Course programme

The MLitt in Irish-Scottish Studies allows students to construct a programme of study that will build on their previous educational experience and help them fulfil their intellectual ambitions. Students with a general interest in Irish or Scottish culture can therefore take courses that allow them to range broadly across the histories of Ireland and Scotland and across historical periods and languages. They can also engage in both historical and literary study or focus their work within a single discipline. Alternatively, as preparation for a PhD in either history or literature, students can construct a programme that allows them to specialise in particular historical periods: medieval, early modern, modern, or contemporary. They can also specialise in Gaelic literature and culture. Additionally, the MLitt in Irish-Scottish Studies provides an exciting environment for those who want to develop their skills in creative writing and offers creative writing courses on poetry and on prose fiction which link with the study of contemporary Irish and Scottish culture.


The Irish-Scottish Studies MLitt consists of three taught components (taken over two semesters) and a dissertation. These amount to 180 course credits in a year. The taught components are:

(a) Core courses, taken by all students (minimum of 30 credits)
(b) Disciplinary and interdisciplinary training courses (minimum of 10 credits)
(c) Subject-based courses (maximum of 80 credits)

Students who satisfactorily pass the courses are allowed to proceed to:

(d) Dissertation of approximately 15,000 words (in English) on a topic agreed between the student and course organiser or supervisor, and due for submission in early September (60 credits).

Not all courses are available in every year, but courses normally available in components (a)-(c) are:

(a) Compulsory core courses :

  • Reading History's Past (20 credits)
  • Dissertation Preparation (10 credits)

(b) Disciplinary, interdisciplinary and language training courses:

  • Introduction to Historical Research (20 credits)
  • Palaeography (10 credits)
  • Introductory Gaelic Language 1 (20 credits)
  • Introductory Gaelic Language 2 (20 credits)
  • Mediaeval Gaelic Language and Literature 1 (20 credits)
  • Mediaeval Gaelic Language and Literature 2 (20 credits)
  • Medieval Irish-Scottish Studies (20 credits)
  • Basic Latin for Postgraduates (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Latin for Historians (20 credits)

(c) Subject-based courses:


  • The Narrow Ground: Northern Irish Politics and Literature since 1968 (20 credits)
  • W.B. Yeats and James Joyce (20 credits)
  • Walter Scott and His World (20 credits)
  • Scottish Literature: The Twentieth Century and Beyond (20 credits)
  • Postmodernism in Irish and Scottish Writing (20 credits)
  • Transatlantic Literature (20 credits)

Creative Writing:

  • Creative Writing I: Poetry (20 credits)
  • Creative Writing II: Prose (20 credits)


  • Witchcraft, Traditional Practices and the Rise of Protestant 'Culture' in Early Modern Scotland (20 credits)
  • The Invention of Irish Nationalism (20 credits)
  • The Scottish and Irish Diaspora (20 credits)
  • The Vikings in Britain and Ireland (20 credits)
  • Trolls, Druids and the Walking Dead (20 credits)
  • Enlightenment in Comparison (20 credits)
  • The Image of the North (20 credits)
  • The British Empire and the Orient (20 credits)
  • Imaging Scotland: Art, Museums and Visual Culture (20 credits)


By a combination of coursework, written and oral examination where appropriate for each course. The degree of MLitt shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to achieve a CAS mark of 9 or above in the dissertation, irrespective of their performance in other courses.


24 months, part-time.

Additional information

Contact person: Dr Shane Alcobia-Murphy

Irish & Scottish Studies

Price on request