Undergraduate 

Celtic Civilisation MA/MA(SocSci)

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Celtic Civilisation immerses you in the history of the Celts, the development of their societies, their literature, material culture, art and religion, from earliest times on the European continent to the present-day British Isles.

You will have the opportunity to study the medieval and modern cultures of the Celtic-speaking peoples, with scholars at the cutting edge of research: as part of a joint degree, with no requirement to learn a Celtic language. 

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • This programme can only be taken as joint honours

Programme structure

Year 1

You will explore the history, culture and religious beliefs of the ancient Celts who, at their maximum extent, occupied much of Western and Central Europe, from Britain and Ireland in the west, to Asia Minor in the east. You will also examine the society, art and literature of the early Christian Celts of Britain and Ireland.

Year 2

You will study the most important aspects of the histories, institutions, cultures and literatures of Scottish Gaelic, Irish and Welsh societies in two courses:

  • Celtic societies, 1066-1603 is mainly concerned with the period of conquest and cultural change in the Middle Ages.
  • Celtic societies and the modern world traces the relationship between Celtic languages and countries and the British state from 1750 to the present day.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of specific aspects of Celtic history, literatures and cultures, such as belief and culture in early medieval Ireland and Gaelic Scotland, Celtic place-names of Scotland, early Gaelic literature, Celtic art, medieval Welsh literature and Gaelic folklore.

You will 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.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our international links

There are opportunities open for 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, and universities in North America and Australia offering Celtic courses. 

Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

Summary of entry requirements for Celtic Civilisation

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6) 

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher + B Advanced Higher (BBBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • AABB – BBBB
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: one A-level Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and HL Humanities subject.  

2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* 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.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


Career prospects

Recent graduates have entered a range of careers including primary and secondary teaching; work with museums and government heritage bodies; publishing and book marketing. Others have gone on to further study and to successfully pursue a career in research and academic work. 

Degrees and UCAS codes

Celtic Civilisation can only be taken as a Joint Honours degree.

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA (Hons)

Celtic Civilisation/Ancient History: V1Q5 (4 years)
KIS
Celtic Civilisation/Archaeology: QVM4 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Central & East European Studies: RQR5 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Classics: Q821 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Digital Media & Information Studies: GQ5N (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/English Language & Linguistics: QQM3 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/English Literature: QQ5J (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Gaelic: Q590 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Geography: LQ75 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/History: QVM1 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Italian: QR53 (5 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Mathematics: GQ15 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Philosophy: QV55 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Psychology: CQV5 (4 years)
KIS
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Applicants must meet the Psychology requirements
Celtic Civilisation/Scottish History: QVN2 (4 years)
KIS
Celtic Civilisation/Scottish Literature: QQF5 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Social & Public Policy: LQK5 (4 years)
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Celtic Civilisation/Theology & Religious Studies: QV56 (4 years)
KIS

MA(SocSci) (Hons)

Celtic Civilisation/Economics: LQ15 (4 years)
KIS

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

 

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also 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

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

How to apply for Advanced Entry

Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.

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