MSc in Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History


Program Description

What is special about this course?

This ground-breaking, internationally acclaimed masters programme offers you a unique opportunity to investigate Gaelic culture – entirely through the language of the Gaels themselves.

The course gives you the chance to study in-depth the extraordinary transformations affecting the Gaelic world during recent centuries up to the present day, drawing upon the wealth of material culture, literature, tradition, and language of the people of the Highlands.

You may already be knowledgeable on the tradition, material culture and history of different Highland districts. By placing them in a wider regional context through your studies, with a specific focus on material culture – the many objects made and used in the Highlands – you will attain a deeper understanding of the world of the Gaels, both past and present.

The course is taught in Gaelic, from a Gaelic perspective, by internationally recognised scholars, therefore communicative ability in the language is essential.

Special features

  • It is available to study entirely online.
  • You can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.
  • Emphasis on developing skills in fieldwork, oral interviewing and archival research.
  • Building strong links with local communities, local and national museums and agencies.
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or masters degree.

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured) - this option allows you to be more flexible regarding the length of time you may take to complete the course and the pathways to completion are less likely to be pre-set.
  • Assessment methods involve a mixture of projects and fieldwork assignments.
  • You will be required to attend an induction session at the start of the course, either face-to-face at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye or online.
  • This course may be studied by international students from your home country.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 honours degree or above in a relevant subject.
  • Applicants without these qualifications but with relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • A good standard of fluency in Gaelic is necessary.

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish-domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland-domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Access routes

Direct entry from our own Gaelic-medium degrees.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Positions within the heritage sector; museums; community groups; the media; creative industries; the public sector; developmental and environmental agencies; and PhD research

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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