Master On Campus

Scottish Ethnology

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
9700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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A Masters by Research (MScR) programme is ideal if you have a clear idea of the independent research you wish to undertake at masters level. Join the Scottish Ethnology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh to learn more.


Join the Scottish Ethnology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh and undertake a 20,000-word dissertation under the guidance of an experienced and well-published supervisor.

Based in Scotland’s capital and festival city, at the heart of a lively contemporary cultural scene, we are the longest established Celtic department in Scotland.

Over the past 70 years, our School of Scottish Studies Archives has grown into an unrivalled collection of sound, video, film and photographic resources which continue to inspire new research and creative work.

We are the home of the European Ethnological Research Centre which promotes research into everyday life and society in Scotland through long-term projects such as the Regional Ethnology of Scotland and publications including Scottish Life and Society: a compendium of Scottish ethnology.

Scottish ethnology provides a fascinating insight into the traditional and popular culture of Scotland, while giving you a set of ethnographical skills that you can apply to any culture.

We specialise in research and field collection in the following areas:

  • oral narrative
  • song and instrumental music
  • material culture
  • social organisation
  • custom and belief
  • place-names


Our research resources and facilities are outstanding. We are particularly well placed to explore the theory and practice of working with archives.

In addition to our Scottish Studies Library, and the University’s Main Library and many collections, our School of Scottish Studies Archives include over 12,000 hours of sound recordings, an extensive photographic and video collection, manuscripts, Linguistic and Place-Name Surveys, and donated collections such as:

  • the John Levy Archive of religious music
  • the Burton-Manning Collection of Appalachian oral tradition
  • the Will Forret and Gus MacDonald Collections of Scottish music
  • the Edgar Ashton Folk Revival Collection

Programme Structure

  • Between the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), the Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), you’ll find a range of programmes and resources to help you develop your postgraduate skills.
  • You will also have access to the University’s fantastic libraries, collections and worldwide strategic partnerships.
  • As part of our research community, you will be immersed in a world of scholarship, with lots of opportunities to share ideas, learning and creative work.
  • Activities range from a regular seminar series (with talks by staff, research students and visiting speakers), performances and traditional music sessions, and a range of conferences.
  • Our graduates tell us that they value LLC’s friendliness, the connections they make here and the in-depth guidance they receive from our staff, who are published experts in their field and active tradition-bearers.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.
  • We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time fees per year
  • Home: £4,850
  • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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