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Ethnology & Folklore (MLitt)

Course Description

Your programme of study

If you want to keep the traditions of the past alive across your culture this programme may interest you whether you are from Scotland or live in Scotland. The programme can lead to teaching and further research or you can be involved in bringing the past alive and re-inventing traditions in new events for the future. Examples of traditions which contribute significantly to their economies are Uphelia on Shetland and The Fireballs ceremony in Stonehaven which is also replicated in towns in Northern England such as the Tar Barrels ceremony at Allendale. All of these ceremonies come from traditions within cultures that came to Britain in our past and they offer us unique understanding about the life and times of ancient civilisations.

The course will develop a broad-based understanding of how Ethnology and Folklore evolved, and of their approaches to the major genres of study: material culture, custom and belief, oral narrative, song, childlore and games, sports and pastimes. You learn how to research into the cultural past across all art forms and cultural traditions.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1
History and Core Genes of Ethnology and Folklore
Intellectual Backgrounds and Methodologies

Semester 2
Oral Traditions
Scottish Context and Practical Field Work

Semester 3
Dissertation in Ethnology and Folklore

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

• The programme is taught by the Elphinstone Institute a centre for the study of Ethnology, Folklore and Ethnomusicology
• The degree is recognised by the Arts and Humanities Council
• You are taught by experts who guide you to learn about our past and how it shapes our future

Where you study

• University of Aberdeen
• 12 Months or 24 Months
• Full Time or Part Time
• September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

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• Your Accommodation
• Campus Facilities
• Aberdeen City
• Student Support
• Clubs and Societies

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Living costs

Visit the Ethnology & Folklore (MLitt) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Masters Scholarship - 20+ Awards

University of Aberdeen has a high academic standard and quality within all of its programmes. It wishes to promote talent and encourage students from:
African Countriesto study a postgraduate qualification at University of Aberdeen

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships are available in January and September
You must have an unconditional offer for a masters taught programme
You must be a full time international student
You must be based at the Aberdeen City campus for your studies

Application Procedure

Once you have received your firm offer from the Vice Principle you will receive a scholarship offer.
Instructions will be sent to you about how to accept your scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in a humanities or social science subject.English Language Requirement f is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE)English Language Requirementshttps://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/requirements-pg-266.php

Last Updated

31 July 2017

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