Culture, Heritage with Gaelic Studies BA (Hons)

Course code V90G

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage with Gaelic Studies will appeal to anyone with a broad interest in the Highlands and Islands region and Scotland in general. On this course, you will have the opportunity to learn the Gaelic language from native speakers or enhance any language skills you may already have, and can choose to study in English or Gaelic in a number of modules. You willl also have the choice of writing your end of year projects in English or Gaelic in your third and fourth years.  

You will study a wide range of subjects, allowing you to explore the key cultural, historical, literary, language, musical and philosophical issues of the region at both national and regional levels, as well as placing them within a global context.  The programme covers everything from art, film and literature, to museums, Vikings and plants.  

The programme is aimed at anyone who wishes to study in the distinctive fields of culture, heritage and Gaelic language studies. You can set your own research agendas, choosing your own topics for study at all levels and bringing together the multi-disciplinary teaching and learning you will experience throughout your studies.

Special features

  • Gain and enhance your Gaelic language skills
  • Study Highlands and Islands culture and heritage in a global context
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
  • Study to suit your personal circumstances, full-time or part-time
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal or professional development


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social Sciences (12 SQA credits) with 3 additional SQA credits at level 7, which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study three core Culture and Heritage modules:

  • Scotland: the brand OR What is culture?
  • Culture. Heritage. What? 
  • Scotland's music

Plus two Gaelic studies modules:

  • Gaelic for learners 1A
  • The Gaelic world 1
  • Gaelic story and song
  • Gaelic for learners 1B
  • Introduction to Gaelic prose

You will also choose one option module from across the university's humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following modules.

Culture and Heritage - you will choose three from the following:

  • Tradition, custom and belief
  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Languages on the edge
  • Displaying the past: museum studies

Gaelic Studies - you will choose two from the following:

  • Gaelic for learners 2A
  • Introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • The Gaelic world 2
  • Gaelic for learners 2B
  • Folklore

Plus one option module from across the humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You will study one core module in Culture and Heritage:

  • Interdisciplinary project

Plus two options which may include:

  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Celtic and Celtic Revival Art 600-2000
  • Scotland in film
  • The Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society*
  • People and the natural environment*

* modules run on alternate years

You will also choose two Gaelic Studies modules from:

  • Traditional Gaelic culture
  • Gaoir nam ban: Gaelic women's poetry 1644 – 1746
  • Language policy and planning 1
  • Nationalism and national identity

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation, plus four option modules.

You will choose two Culture and Heritage modules, which may include:

  • Scottish tradition in philosophy 
  • Faeries and fables: the story of Gaelic literature 
  • Visual research methods 
  • Highland journeys 
  • Vikings and Valkyries

You will choose two Gaelic Studies modules from:

  • Traditional Gaelic culture in the 21st Century
  • Language Policy and Planning 2
  • Iarshader to Iraq
  • Language policy in the workplace
  • Poileasaidh is planadh canain 2 (Language policy & planning 2)

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. As this course was designed using our blended learning approach it will be delivered through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. Further information will be provided by your home campus. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of scheduled video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is normally a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Shetland UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

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

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

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 £12,000 £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,000 £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,000 £2,060

Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous 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 the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this degree, you might like to consider careers in: 

  • Primary and secondary teaching in Gaelic or English, history and modern studies 
  • Interpretation with a range of wildlife or heritage groups, including Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, NatureScot, and Scottish Forestry 
  • Heritage and tourism sectors 
  • Museums, archives and libraries sector 
  • Government agencies and local authorities 
  • Research and academia  
  • Community development 
  • Policy development 
  • Marketing and PR  
  • Journalism and the media

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage with Gaelic Studies to the following postgraduate courses:


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What our students, graduates and staff say

I love Shetland and couldn’t really imagine living in a city. This course allows me to study while continuing to work and live in the same place. Through my work I have a passion for Shetland and the History of the Highlands and Islands, so this course seemed to be the perfect progression in my education.

Ailish Parham, BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage student.



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