Year 2 consists of:

In the fold-outs below you will find an overview of all the compulsory courses in year 2. Refer to the Course Planner for an overview of the compulsory courses that are part of the Celtic Languages and Culture programme. Are you planning to do an internship in your third year or would you like to study abroad for a while? In that case it is best to start planning in your second year. 

Did you start before 2019? Then check the Celtic Languages and Culture Education and Examination Regulations to see which courses you will have to take.

Make sure to register in time!

Some courses have limited space and have a shorter course registration period. So to be safe, it is best to register in time for your specialisation and the corresponding courses. 


A specialisation is a selection of 4 related courses. The Celtic Languages and Culture programme offers 2 specialisations:

  • Language contact and language change in Celtic
  • Interpretation and reinterpretation of Medieval Celtic texts

If you wish to add courses from another specialisation to your programme, you may do so as electives. Your specialisation prepares you for your final paper, which you will write in your 3rd year. The subject of your final paper will be in line with your specialisation. 

Course accompanying your specialisation

In addition to your specialisation you choose a course that relates to your specialisation. Which course this is, depends on the specialisation you choose. In the fold-outs below you can see the courses you can choose from.

Language specialisation course (MO)

In year 2 or 3 you choose one of the following language specialisation courses (7.5 EC at level 2 or 3):

  • Old English and Medieval Languages (even years)
  • Modern Irish (odd years) or Modern Welsh (even years)
  • Latin: Medieval Universal Language

Elective courses

In year 2 you take your first elective courses. As electives (your optional course profile), you choose components with a total study load of 60 EC. You can start with a minor, do an internship, go abroad or choose from a broad range of available courses. Make sure to check each course's entry requirements.

Compulsory courses year 2

The specialisation Language contact and language change in Celtic follows on from the language acquisition courses in year 1 (Old World Middle English and Modern Celtic) and leads to a specialisation in the field of language change, language contact, multilingualism, language shift, language politics, with a particular focus on the Celtic languages of Ireland and Great Britain.

Accompanying course

You choose one of these courses:

  • Language History of the British Isles (odd years)

Possible master's programme

This specialisation prepares you for the research master Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Insular Track). Other Master's programmes are also possible, but you may need to choose preparatory courses in your optional course profile.

Course overview

In The specialisation Interpretation and reinterpretation of Medieval Celtic texts you will learn the basic skills needed to interpret and translate medieval Irish texts and make them attractive and understandable to a modern audience.

Accompanying course

  • Great Medieval Heroes

Possible master's programme

This specialisation prepares you for the research master Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Insular Track). Other Master's programmes are also possible, but you may need to choose preparatory courses in your optional course profile.

Course overview

In year 2 or 3 you choose 1 out of 4 courses. These are the courses available in 2021-2022:

General information

How to enroll in a specialisation?

As a first year student, you register for the first two courses of the specialisation of your choice during the registration period for block 1 and 2.

During the regular course enrolment period, you register yourself for the courses in the specialisation that you wish to do. If your specialisation contains courses with priority rules, you can only register for these and the other courses in the first 2 weeks of the registration period.

Registering your specialisation

Before the course enrolment period in June, the Student Information Desk Humanities will send you an email asking you which specialisation you wish to choose.

More information

Specialisation requirements

  • You must complete one specialisation in its entirety within your Major. It is not possible to replace a course from one specialisation with another course from a different specialisation.
  • If you wish to take courses from another specialisation, you may do so in the electives part of your programme. These courses are taken individually, i.e. you do not need to take the entire profile. 
  • Some courses are offered once every 2 years. If you have attended a course in your second year as part of your specialisation, you can also follow the alternating course in your third year. You can then include these as an elective.

How to register for a minor

You register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually. Per minor you can find where to go for more information, what the entry requirements are and how to register.

Courses with selected entry

If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the minor and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week prior to the course registration period.

Registration study results

Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.

Deviation standard programme

If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.