Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History MSc

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What is special about this course?

This postgraduate course in Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History is delivered entirely through Scottish Gaelic. It offers students a unique opportunity to develop original, in-depth perspectives on Gaelic-speaking areas in Scotland (and further afield).  You will use material culture (artefacts), environment, language and traditions to understand the socio-economic, cultural background and changing circumstances of the region.

You will also explore new concepts of land use, conservation and sustainable development.

Dig deep and discover more about the Gaelic past, its present and its future potential.

Special features

  • A ground-breaking interdisciplinary postgraduate degree about the Gàidheadltachd, taught in Gaelic, from a Gaelic perspective, by internationally recognised scholars
  • Emphasis on developing skills in fieldwork, oral interviewing and archival research
  • Building strong links with local communities, local and national museums and agencies

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree in a relevant subject
  • Communicative ability in Gaelic


*Funding support notice*

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

Gaelic and Related Studies Scheme.


Mandatory units:

  • Material culture and European ethnology
  • Material culture: research methods
  • Settlement and land use


Mandatory units:

  • Historical perspectives
  • Contemporary issues

Optional units:

  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Regions and identities
  • Migration: cultural continuity and change


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 by formal exams, projects, field work
  • You are also required to attend an induction session offered face-to-face at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye or through distance online delivery
  • 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


How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
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

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
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.

What funding can I apply for?

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?

  • The heritage and museums sector, community organisations, media and the creative industries.
  • The public sector, development agencies, voluntary and non-governmental organisations

Can I progress into further study?

  • PhD or other research

Is there more information available online?

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

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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