Gaelic and Media Studies BA (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

If you aspire to a career in the Gaelic media, this innovative and cutting-edge BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies degree will give you the ideal springboard into this exciting and fast-paced industry.

Once you have gained fluency in Gaelic you will learn how to apply your language skills to a range of interesting and contemporary modules related to the media workplace. These elements are largely theory based and they are designed to develop your understanding of the cultural, social, political and technological contexts within which the media operates, with a particular focus on broadcasting, the internet and film.

Using state-of-the-art digital technology, you will take on a practical project, allowing you to put all your theory skills into practice and gain a more rounded and relevant experience.

Special features

  • This is a Gaelic medium course, which gives you the opportunity to become fluent in the language
  • You will benefit from support from the broadcast industries
  • Excellent technical facilities at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye
  • Three-week work placement in year 1
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation on campus ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, preferably including Gaelic (learners) or Gàidhlig (fluent speakers) at grade B or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • You will be required to attend an interview to assess your Gaelic language skills
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

Year 1 - CertHE

Choose to study a CertHE in:

Year 2 - DipHE

  • Media in Scotland
  • Journalism 
  • Writing for radio and television
  • Scotland and cinema

Year 3 - BA

  • Creative writing 
  • Television production 
  • Radio production 

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

  • Dissertation
  • The media in Ireland
  • Radio production

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • You will learn by way of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical work at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week

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

Where can I study my course?

  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI

Start date

  • September


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
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:

Year 1 CertHE £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000
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) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

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 £11,650
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940

**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.


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?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies course, you might like to consider a career in:

  • Television
  • Radio
  • Print media
  • Media research

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I chose to study at this university because of its commitment to the Gàidhlig language and culture and I chose the course because I enjoy camera work and editing, which this course combines with Gàidhlig. I’ve been lucky enough to undertake a placement at BBC Alba’s studios at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, where I received first-hand experience of various types of media production through the Gàidhlig medium.

Ewan Maclean is in his third year of the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies.

I thoroughly enjoyed my past four years in Skye and was very lucky to have had the best lecturers for both Gaelic and media studies.

Laura Maclennan, BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies, Sabhal Mor Ostaig UHI.

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

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