Taught course

Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History

University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

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

Gaelic and Related Studies Scheme.

Months of entry


Course content

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
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • 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

Where can I study my course?


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

Information for international students

◾This course may be studied by international students from your home country

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) online: International £820

Please see the course web site for information

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

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 - 72 months
part time
36 - 72 months

Course contact details

UHI Information line
0845 272 3600