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Five reasons to study Celtic Studies

For those considering a degree in Celtic Studies but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Celtic culture is hugely influential

Many books, films and TV series have influences from Celtic culture such as the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. If you’re curious about Celtic Studies, it may interest you to see how much Celtic culture impacted these popular titles and many others.

2. Low unemployment rate

You may think that courses such as Celtic Studies, which lack a great number of obvious career paths, might have a high unemployment rate among graduates. However, Celtic Studies actually has one of the lowest unemployment rates of any university subject.

3. Satisfied students

The kind of student satisfaction scores seen on the subject table for Celtic Studies are among the very highest you will find for any university in any subject area. With the vast majority of scores on the table over 4.00 (out of 5.00), there’s a good chance you’ll be satisfied with your degree.

4. Learn a fascinating language

Depending on your course, you may get the opportunity to learn (at least in part) the language that underpins the particular aspect of Celtic culture you're studying. You may also get the opportunity to use your newfound linguistic skills as there has been an effort to revive Celtic languages in recent years.

5. Develop transferable skills

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. These are skills that can be applied to a wide variety of professional roles and sectors.

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