Celtic is a language family with a number of different, but related, languages, including those available to study here: Scottish Gaelic, Irish and Welsh. Celtic Studies provides you with a fascinating combination of history and culture with a language component.
Years 1 and 2
In the first two years you will take courses from the Celtic Civilisation and/or Gaelic programmes (please refer to these programme entries).
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. 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 will study at least one language: Modern Scottish Gaelic, Modern Irish, Early Gaelic and/or Medieval Welsh.
You will have the opportunity to focus on acquiring languages (medieval or modern) and/or on historical and cultural courses.
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
- Celts, Celticity and Celticism
- early Gaelic literature
- Medieval Welsh literature
- legal traditions and social reflections of Celtic societies
- Celtic art.
Honours students on this programme also have access to a series of 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.
For those fluent in Scottish Gaelic a range of courses are taught through the medium of Gaelic. Literature courses include the study of literature both in the original and in translation.
All of our lecturers are active researchers and you have the opportunity to study in their specialist fields.
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 those in Galway and Vienna.
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; teaching English as a second language abroad.
Others have gone on to further study and to pursue successfully a career in research and academic work.
No prior knowledge of a Celtic language is required.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Please note that Advanced Highers in subjects where grades A or B have already been attained at Higher will not be double-counted. English and a humanities subject/language at grades A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
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
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
English language requirements
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): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
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.