Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History MSc

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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.

This masters course gives you a 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

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.

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Material culture and European ethnology
  • Research methods
  • Settlement and land use

PgDip

Core modules are:

  • Through the centuries
  • Big questions of today

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • The stability of the earth environment
  • Lifestyles and neighbourhood
  • Migration and life impact

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc you must complete a research dissertation.

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) which will be more flexible in the length of time for completing the course and the pathways to completion are less likely to be pre-set
  • Assessment is by formal exams, projects and field work
  • 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

How long will my course last?


  • Part time (structured): 3 years @ 12- 16 hours per week
  • Part time (unstructured): 6 years @ 10 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which will include time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

Start date

September

Fees

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2017-18   
  Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £852
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,556
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £5,112
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,660

 

2016-17   
  Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £820
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,460
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £4,920
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,380

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

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI for more information.

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.

Can I progress into further study?

  • PhD or other research

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The course was exceptionally good: innovative, delivered in an original, attractive way, and directed by knowledgeable and supportive lecturers. We were given the opportunity to undertake personal research as part of the course, but it was good to be in a small group working together on the modules. I’d recommend it to anybody.

Julie Fowlis, singer and musician, Easter Ross.

Apply for Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History MSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

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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