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Learn Scots: resources for adult learners

Many people wish to learn how to read, write and speak Scots. Fortunately, there is lots of help available:

Casual learner

In terms of self-learning:



There is an Open University course for Scots, titled, 'Scots language and culture', available via the Open University 'Open Learn Create' site.  

While many universities offer study in Scots language and literature through their English literature and language degrees, Glasgow University also offer an MA in Scottish literature.




Edinburgh University


Edinburgh University offers a taught MSc on English, which provides access to a course on Scots and Scottish English and potentially a History of Scots course.


It is also possible to do an MSc by research or a PhD on a vast range of topics. Further information about Edinburgh postgraduate research programmes is here.


Glasgow University


At University of Glasgow, there is one dedicated postgraduate course in place running in Semester 2 (Introduction to Older Scots), one course starting in 2019/20 (Approaches to Scots in Text and Speech), and preparation is underway to launch an MSc in Scots Language and Literature.


All details about the current Glasgow University MSc programmes are here.