Guide to Studying Celtic Studies

Old Celtic Cross in Glendalough, Wicklow mountain, Ireland -  Fotolia © Björn Alberts
Fotolia © Björn Alberts
Celtic Studies looks at the ancient peoples who once
inhabited these stunning settings

What is Celtic Studies?

  • The emphasis of a degree in Celtic Studies can vary depending on your university of choice, but what remains constant is a focus on the historic culture which formed the foundations of much of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Perhaps the most significant area of Celtic Studies is Celtic Languages. Although for many they are not a primary form of communication, languages such as Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic have been the subject of revival efforts in recent years, and the 2011 census found that almost 20% of the Welsh population now speak the language.
  • Other areas of study can include Celtic literature, Celtic art and Celtic culture, including focuses on the religious and spiritual habits of the Celtic people.

Specific or general skills developed

  • As assessments are often in written form, a Celtic Studies degree will help you to develop your ability to articulate information in a clear and concise manner.
  • The potential for research provides an opportunity to develop your skills in this area, as well as acquiring new skills for the analysis of data.
  • Like most university degrees, a Celtic Studies course will have deadlines for the submission of work. In turn, this helps to improve your ability to work independently, your time management and your self-motivation skills. Furthermore, courses that include seminar groups will give you the chance to work in a team, discussing concepts and theories that have arisen in your studies.

Celtic Studies graduate job prospects




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*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

As many Celtic Studies degrees often feature a second discipline, the career prospects will be different depending on what you choose to study. In terms of Celtic Studies itself, below are some of the professions that Celtic Studies graduates go in to:

  • Teaching
  • Work in museums and government heritage bodies
  • Writing, editing and publishing
  • Research and academic work.