Celtic Studies provides the opportunity to choose from a range of courses on the medieval and modern Celtic languages (Scottish Gaelic, Irish, and Welsh).
For those fluent in Scottish Gaelic, a range of courses are taught through the medium of Gaelic.
Years 1 and 2
In the first two years you will take courses from the Celtic Civilisation and/or Gaelic programmes.
Years 3 and 4
If you successfully complete the courses in first and second years, you may move on to Honours Celtic Studies, where you will study various aspects of Celtic societies in their historical and cultural contexts.
You will study at least one language:
- Early Gaelic
- Medieval Welsh
- Modern Scottish Gaelic
- Modern Irish
If you studied Celtic Civilisation in the first two years you may begin to study Scottish Gaelic; or you may wish to combine studying medieval Celtic history with learning one of the medieval Celtic languages.
You are also able to choose from a range of courses on specific aspects of Celtic culture and literature. Areas you might wish to focus on at this level include:
- belief and culture in early medieval Ireland and Gaelic Scotland
- language policy and planning in Scotland
- Gaelic folklore
- early Gaelic literature
- medieval Welsh literature
- Celtic art
Honours students on this programme also have access to a series of cross-listed courses on Celtic history and culture on topics such as medieval Ireland, the Northern Britons and the Picts.
You will also write a dissertation, allowing you to research a relevant topic of your own choosing and to develop a capacity to work independently.
Our international links
There are opportunities open to you to study in an institution outside the UK. The University has active study abroad relationships with universities such as the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include at least one arts, humanities or language subject.
- Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA/AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer).
- Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2016 once all applications have been reviewed.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include English and a humanities subject or language at Grades A/B or B/A.
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
- Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include 3 HL subjects at 6,6,5. English and a humanities subject or a language are required at minimum HL5/HL6.
Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Arts European Requirements [pdf]
A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
No prior knowledge of a Celtic language is required.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English language: B minimum.
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.
Recent graduates have gone on to enjoy success in a range of careers including primary and secondary teaching; work with museums and government heritage bodies; publishing and book marketing; music; entrepreneurship.
Others have gone on to further study and to pursue successfully a career in research and academic work.
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Celtic Studies: Q504
Archaeology/Celtic Studies: QV54
- Celtic Studies/Business & Management: NQ25
Celtic Studies/Central & East European Studies: RQ75
- Celtic Studies/Classics: QQ58
Celtic Studies/English Language: QQ3N
Celtic Studies/English Literature: QQ3M
Celtic Studies/French: QRM1
Celtic Studies/Mathematics: GQC5
Celtic Studies/Music: QW53
Celtic Studies/Philosophy: QVM5
Celtic Studies/Psychology: CQ85
Celtic Studies/Scottish History: QVM2
Celtic Studies/Scottish Literature: QQ25
Economic & Social History/Celtic Studies: VQ35
Geography/Celtic Studies: QL57
- Latin/Celtic Studies: QQ65
- Theology & Religious Studies/Celtic Studies: VQ65
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:
The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.
The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
UCAS tariff points
The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.
How soon will I receive a decision?
We will usually respond before the end of March.
If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.
If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.
Will I be interviewed?
An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.
Is deferred entry available?
For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
- The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.
We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.
British Sign Language
UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.