Scotland is a vibrant, modern European nation, with a rich, varied and fascinating heritage. How can we best study such a nation, and how can we make sense of its past and its present, and help to shape its future? Our Scottish studies programme is interdisciplinary, drawing on arts, humanities and social science approaches to the study of the nation from a variety of perspectives. Based within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, and therefore emphasising these particular topics of study, you are encouraged to engage with a range of subject areas across the University that share a common interest in the study of Scotland. You may wish to draw on courses from Celtic, history, politics, sociology and archaeology, and combine these with a focus on ethnology, heritage, the creative arts and cultural expression. You will study Scottish cultural history and tradition and discover how literature, music and visual arts helped to shape Scottish identity. The complex relationship between culture and politics is considered, and parallels with other countries are made throughout the programme to place Scotland in its wider international context. Our internationally renowned archives are available for study and research. You can also access important collections in the National Library of Scotland, National Museum of Scotland and National Archives of Scotland. These traditional sources, brought together with modern multimedia and digital data, offer you an unparalleled collection of materials with which to work, and upon which you can build a portfolio of interests and research topics, culminating in your own choice of dissertation in your honours years.