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English and Gaelic Studies

University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
English
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Program description

English and Gaelic at Aberdeen combines all the advantages of the UK’s second top research hub for English literature, language and creative writing, with an in-depth study of Gaelic, Scotland’s oldest living language and its origins and culture. The language, intellectual skills and Scottish perspective you will develop will give you an extra advantage for your career in business or another sector, especially with a Scottish or international dimension.

Aberdeen is a leading centre for the study of literature, language and creative writing, rated second in the UK for its research output. You will study poetry and prose through the dynamic relationship between author, reader and literary text, every period from Chaucer to contemporary English, Scottish, Irish, European and American writing and the cultural and critical impact of powerful and controversial modern works. You will be inspired by enthusiastic teachers and researchers, themselves acclaimed authors and poets and be encouraged to develop your own creative writing skills.

Gaelic is an area of particular strength at Aberdeen. We have been teaching Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) and culture for a hundred years, led by teachers and researchers passionate about Gaelic, and whose work directly influences Scottish policy on keeping Gaelic alive, healthy and important in Scotland today. Our students and staff play an important role in the Gaelic-speaking community in the north of Scotland through clubs, activities, networks and organisations.

You will graduate with many career options as diverse as publishing, teaching, research, journalism, business and speech therapy. Opportunities for graduates fluent in Scottish Gaelic are very good, including teaching, Gaelic development, arts management and librarianship and the commitment in Scotland to Gaelic broadcasting means increasing demand for Gaelic graduates to work in the media.

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University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...


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