Gaelic language and culture


Our unique culture and history play a huge part in what makes Scotland special.

At UHI you can choose to study archaeology on the Orkney Isles with world-renowned sites on your doorstep such as Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Camster Cairns, and Mousa Broch, some of which predate Stonehenge and are up up to 5000 years old.

Learn about Scotland’s Viking connections from recognised experts in this field, to re-evaluate the Vikings' past, present, and future.

Immerse yourself in Gaelic language, culture, heritage and traditions at our Sabhal Mòr Ostaig campus on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

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Collage of 3 | Gaelic media student | UHI SMO music performance | Orkney Archaeology

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Pathways to study

Pathways to study

If you don't initially meet the entry requirements for degree study there is always another route and you may want to consider an HNC or access course. 

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Graduates progress into a variety of roles:

  • Gaelic development
  • Primary, secondary and university teaching and education
  • Gaelic media
  • Traditional music
  • Language and community development
  • Gaelic culture, arts and heritage
  • Tourism
  • Research

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Collage of 3 | creative writing | Archaeology | Museum

Gaelic language and culture sector

  • 70% of businesses believe Gaelic is an asset to their business
  • Gaelic is particularly important to businesses in the creative industries1
  • The potential economic impact of Gaelic in Scotland could be up to £148 million2

1 HIE The economic and social value of Gaelic as an asset– Executive summary 2014

Skills Development Scotland The Gaelic Language Labour Market -The Evidence Executive Summary 2018


Why our students love UHI

Anna, Gaelic and education student

We’re supported really well, we get a lot of one-to-one support any questions or queries are answered straight away, you wouldn’t be worried to go the lecturers with anything. It’s a really good place to study, you get so many opportunities to be a part of student life, and you get to know the people around you so well. It makes a really nice community, and the campus is so lovely. I definitely recommend studying here!
Anna is studying BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a partner of UHI.

Anna Nicolson


Raonaid Urchadan

Raonaid, Gaelic media student

This course combines two of my favourite things - creativity and my love of Gaelic (and it puts me exactly where I want to be). I've really enjoyed the placements, working with the BBC at The National Mòd and being able to speak to people about opportunities after I complete my course. Living on Skye is so beautiful. The campus is beside the sea, and I swim at different beaches and go on beautiful walks. My aim is to work in Gaelic Media TV.
Raonaid is studying on our Gaelic Media DipHE at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a partner of UHI.