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Your programme of study

We are all shaped by the cultural experiences in our life and this programme offers you the opportunity to understand the different areas of culture and bring them together to broaden your understanding of Ethnology and Folklore.

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.

This is a programme has a North East (Scotland) focus so if you want to know about what your ancestors experienced or the traditions you still keep alive this programme will help you towards more knowledge. You can take this knowledge into niche areas of interest to you, extend it into local festivals and raise awareness of lost areas of culture or those which are at risk of being lost. You can either research or teach or use this knowledge to enrich tourism and local community experiences.

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 start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees and living costs

*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

Find out more about:

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

Find out more about living in Aberdeen

Living costs

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





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