Research students

The Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies has an active postgraduate community, carrying out research on a wide range of topics.

Archaeology current Research Students



Bain, David

The Early Medieval Stone Sculpture of Strathclyde

Barrowman, Rachel

Loyalty to place, ‘localness’, and identity in a world of widespread contacts and influence

Bockute, Aurime

Arran and the Anthropocene: the value of a deep time perspective on landscape for new envrionmental futures

Burns, Paul

The Neolithic Arran

Carlton, Elizabeth

'When the Battle's Lost & Won': Comparing how conflict is presented in military and non-military museums in the UK

Clifford, Kathleen

Roman military vici in Scotland

Collotto, Lucia

The long trail of incense: the ancient and contemporary culture of aromatics in Saudi Arabia

Conaghan, Marc

Analysing the impact and effect of German air raids over Glasgow in WWII

Craig, Orla

The Archaeological, Landscape and Historical Context of the Galloway Hoard

Gill, Lauren

A bone to pick: how can 3D models help communities interact with and learn about saintly relics?

Hay, Michelle

Development of a novel ancient pathogen DNA protocol to aid in identifying and understanding the impact of vector-borne diseases in relation to Viking movements and migrations circa 800-1000 AD

Jamieson, Erin

How do windows affect the experience of space in medieval Cypriot buildings

Juckette, Cole

Exploring Gabii’s Urban Planning and Settlement Through “Cyber” Archaeology and Virtual Reality

Killoran, Lucy

Automation in the practice of archaeological survey

Loges, Luise

Cultural commodities during politics crises

McCoy, Holley

The archaeology, history and heritage of Scotland's seaweed industry

McCreadie, Scott

Christianising Empty Lands

Morrison, Andrew

Viking and Norse tools and craftworking

Neil, Rebecca

How did the Gupta Dynasty expand and control their empire through diplomatic strategy?

Ottonello, Luca

How could interactive storytelling be implemented in VR to allow freedom of choice and emotion driven experience in archaeology? A programmed VR case study based on the town of Palmyra.

Parker-Banks, Alexandra

Pilgrimage, Perceptions and Identity

Prew, George

The Archaeology of fashion in the Central Italic Iron Age

Robertson, Elizabeth

(Re)Creating sound and place at Glencoe: Performing Immersive Audio in Landscapes

Scott, Robert

Poorest of the Poor? - A study of the living conditions of slum housing dwellers in rural and urban Scotland

Stewart, Edward

To and from the earth: a study of the landscape of the Mid-Clyde from Mount Vernon to Daldowie

Turley, Ailbhe

Pot psychology

Wallace, Jennifer

An interdisciplinary study of the Dupplin Cross

Watson, Andrew

A phenomenological study of the Cotswold-Seven megalithic long barrows

Wink, Sarah

Tracking social change through the changing use of and movement through city-space in Cyprus


Celtic & Gaelic current Research Students


  • Myra Booth-Cockcroft, The worlds of patron and scribe: examining the literary and historical context of Llyfr Goch Hergest (PhD)
  • Danielle Fatzinger, An exploration of ramantic tales in Scottish manuscripts and editions of Gabhaltais Shearluis Mhoir and Sgeala Muice Meic Dha Tho
  • Joan Marie Gallagher, Chwedyl Iarlles y Ffynnawn as a ‘native' tale: exploring Chwedyl Iarlles y Ffynnawn in its literary, social and manuscript context
  • Brittnee Leysen, Introduced Pakeha place-names in New Zealand's Otago region
  • Robbie MacLeod, Gendered loves in early Gaelic literature
  • Viktoria Marker, Litreachas Gaidhlig a Sealann Nuadh (MPhil by Research)
  • Kathleen Reddy, Dia leam / God with me: vernacular religious practice in Catholic Gaelic communities
  • Gemma Smith, 'Place-names of Assynt'
  • Eleanor Thomson: The Grand Old Man’ of Gaelic letters. Calum MacPhàrlain and the Celtic Revival in Scotland, c. 1891-1930’ 


  • Victoria McCormack, The Fall of Pictland: an interdisciplinary investigation
  • Isla Parker, Hebridean Gaelic women storytellers and their tales

Scottish History current Research Students

  • Thomas Archambaud, The Case of the Macphersons: Highland clanship, imperial patronage and continental networks in 18th-century Britain
  • Harry Brennan, Transatlantic Masculinity and Identities in the early modern Atlantic, c.1650-1750
  • Craig Conner, Scottish Military Culture and Highland and Lowland Elites: A Comparative Study, 1493-1625
  • Jonathan Cooper, Scottish regiments in Singapore 1942-1945
  • Craig Croft-Johnston, Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland
  • Beth Cowen, James VI of Scotland: a British King-in-Waiting
  • Juliette Desportes, Geographies of Scottish Improvement
  • Laura Doak, Scotch Politics and Wild Whigs
  • James Dougan, Gender and Mental Health in the West of Scotland c.1970-c.1990
  • Mairi Hamilton Intimacy, Corrupted: Domestic Abuse against Women in Nineteenth-Century Scotland
  • Julie Holder, Collecting the Nation: Scottish history, patriotism and antiquarianism after Scott (1832-1891)
  • Laura Leslie, John Erskine: First Earl of Mar and Regent of Scotland (d. 1572)
  • Euan Loarridge, An analysis of community and the impact of culture in Glasgow's WWI combat infantry batallions 1914-20
  • Katherine MacKinnon, Oral histories of refugee lives in Scotland 1974 - present
  • Katherine McCrossan, The Cooperative movement in Scotland after 1945
  • Murray McLean,Identity, “Tradition", and Modernity in Scottish Weddings since 1945
  • Nelson Mundell, Attitudes towards black and white slaves in Scotland
  • Rachel Porteous, The Continuity of Play during the Late Stuart Monarchies in Scotland, 1488-1567
  • Jan Reznik, Influences between 15th century Czech and Scottish thinking
  • Edwin Sheffield, Clan MacKenzie chiefship, 1651-1716
  • Hilary Stevenson, Recording Relationships in Scottish Charters, c.1150-c.1250

Scottish Literature current Research Students

  • Joe Bouch, Janice Galloway: The Nuisance and Disturbance of the Outsider
  • Julie Briand, Deleuzian Acts: Separations and Intimate connections in the Novels of Irvine Welsh
  • Nia Clark, Self, Mirrors, and Others: Poetry, Voices and Plays in the Work of Liz Lochhead
  • Norman Deeley, Scots-Australian identity in the fiction of Catherine Helen Spence, with a focus on gender issues, economic imperatives and civic society
  • Joanne Ferguson, James Hogg and Robert Burns through lens of 'natural genius'
  • Kevin Gallagher, The Scottish Modernist Reception of Robert Burns (MPhil)
  • Moira Hansen, "Melancholy and low spirits are half my disease": Physical and Mental Health in the Life of Robert Burns'
  • Sine Harris, Scottish Embroidery in, and as, Scottish Literature
  • Suping Li, Robert Burns's Shaping of Cultural Identity in His Country Poems
  • Carlos Llaza, The sound of a Rhinoceros: on translating Robert Burns
  • Gina Lyle, Mothers of Self-Invention: Identity Formation of "Motherless" Daughters in Contemporary Scottish Women's Writing (MPhil)
  • Patricia Mason, Assessment of Alexander Craig's 'Pilgrime and Hermite'
  • Laurence Maxwell-Stuart, Scottish Romanticism and the Sublime
  • Megan McManus, Ramsay's Women
  • Graham McPhie, ‘Held in Place’ - An exploration of the landscapes of Neil Gow
  • Kirsty McRoberts, The Eldritch Lyrics
  • Philippa Osmand-Williams, Forms and Genres of Love in the Collected Works, Private Letters and Scrapbooks of Edwin Morgan
  • Fiona Paterson,
  • Emily Pickard, The Underworlds of Feeling: Examining Ballad Influence on Modern and Postmodern Women Writers
  • Hannah Pyle, An Evaluation of James Hogg's use of the Double to Explore the Construction of Identity in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Scotland (MPhil)
  • Rebecca Rae, The Construction of a Gaelic World in the Work of Hugh MacDiarmid
  • Jessica Reid, Restoring the Restoration: Thomas Sydserf’s Life and Works (c.1624-89)
  • Heather Wells, Can the Drama of Late Seventeenth-Century Scotland be considered as Restoration Comedies? (MPhil)