Scottish Cultural Studies with Gaelic Studies BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

This degree gives you the opportunity to enhance our award-winning BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies, which has the cultural identity of the Highlands and Islands and its communities at its heart, with the study of Gaelic.  

Throughout the course you will explore language, literature, history, culture and much more, focussing on the Highlands and Islands, but including further afield within Scotland. You will also gain an understanding or enrich your skills in the Gaelic language with language courses throughout the degree.    

You will have the opportunity to participate in the optional museum placement as part of the course, as well as possible volunteering positions across the Highlands. 

Special features

  • You have the opportunity to gain an unprecedented level of understanding of the Highlands and Islands and its driving issues, in a regional and global context
  • You will gain and/or polish your Gaelic language skills
  • With full time or part time options you can fit your studies around your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting. At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects.
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Scottish Literature and Society
  • Languages of the Highlands and Islands
  • What is Culture?
  • Scotland’s Music
  • Gaelic for Learners 1A
  • Gaelic for Learners 1B

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include:

  • Interdisciplinary Project
  • Perceptions of Heritage
  • Letters Home/Postcolonial Literature*
  • Ethnobotany/Scottish Enlightenment & Highland Society*
  • Scots, Orcadian & Shetlandic
  • Scotland in Film
  • Gaelic options

* modules run on alternate years

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Medieval Literature of the Highlands & Islands
  • Traditional Custom & Belief
  • Language, Culture and Identity
  • Images of Scotland
  • Museum Studies
  • Gaelic for Learners 2A
  • Gaelic for Learners 2B

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • The Scottish Tradition in Philosophy
  • Editing Older Scots
  • Visual Research Methods
  • Contemporary Scottish Poetry
  • Gaelic options

You will also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). 

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 4 Years
  • Part Time (structured): 8 Years

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees 2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.


International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this degree, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching and/or Research
  • Media
  • Tourism 
  • Museums & Archives
  • Journalism and the media
  • Museums & Archives
  • Local or national government

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Scottish Cultural Studies with Gaelic Studies BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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