Scottish Studies is the study of Scottish culture past and present, with a particular focus on creative arts and cultural expression. At Edinburgh you will study Scottish cultural history and tradition and discover how literature, music and visual arts helped to shape Scottish identity. Parallels with other countries are made throughout the programme to place Scotland in context. The department hosts internationally renowned archives, which 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. In addition to compulsory courses in Scottish studies, you will study relevant courses from other areas, including Scottish ethnology, Celtic, politics, art history and literature. You will also carry out a research project in your chosen area of interest.