Culture and Heritage with Gaelic Studies BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

This degree gives you the opportunity to enhance our BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage, which has the cultural identity and communities of the Highlands and Islands at its heart, with study of the Gaelic language.

Throughout the course, you will immerse yourself in the varied and fascinating culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and gain an understanding of its place in a global context. The degree explores key cultural, literary, language, historical, musical, and philosophical issues at a national and regional level. Your research skills will be refined throughout the course enhancing your career prospects as well as equipping you to progress to postgraduate study.

Special features

  • Study Highlands and Islands culture and heritage in a global context
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path, including an optional museum studies module
  • Gain and polish your Gaelic language skills
  • Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studies for personal and 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

You will study the following modules:

  • Scotland the Brand
  • Languages in the Highlands and Islands
  • What is culture?
  • Scotland’s music
  • Gaelic for learners 1A
  • Gaelic for learners 1B

Year 3 - BA

You will study two culture and heritage modules and two Gaelic-based modules, plus a core research project from either discipline. You will study six modules in total. Availability rotates each year for some modules:

  • Interdisciplinary project or Gaelic project
  • Visions of the past
  • Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society*
  • People and the natural environment*
  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Scotland in film
  • Research skills
  • Traditional Gaelic culture
  • Nationalism and national identity
  • Developing communities in the 21st Century
  • Gaidhlig 3
  • Gaelic option

* modules run on alternate years


Year 2 - DipHE

Second year modules are:

  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Tradition, custom and belief
  • Languages on the edge
  • Images of Scotland: constructing heritage through photographs
  • Museum studies
  • Gaelic for learners 2A
  • Gaelic for learners 2B

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in English or Gaelic.

You also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject language, plus three option modules from the other subject. The following lists show all the options, some are available on a rotation basis each year.

  • Visual research methods
  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Contemporary Scottish poetry
  • Runes – voices from the past*
  • Highland journeys*
  • Faeries and Ffables – the story of Gaelic literature*
  • People, plants and animals*
  • Celtic and Celtic revival art in Scotland 600-2000
  • Traditional culture in the 21st Century
  • Sustainable development
  • Language policy in the workplace
  • Gaidhlig 3
  • Poileasaidh is Plana Canain 2

* modules run on alternate years

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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £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:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** 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 and 2017-18)

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:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000 £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040 £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680 £1,750

***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?

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Apply for Culture and Heritage with Gaelic Studies BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 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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