Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig


Main Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


This innovative, and widely-acclaimed course gives you the opportunity to examine and to investigate Gaelic society and civilisation – entirely, and uniquely, through the language of the people themselves. Drawing upon the wealth of material culture, literature, tradition, and language, and taught by scholars of international standing, you will reach a deeper understanding of the world of Gaels, yesterday and today. This course provides an unrivalled, insider’s perspective on the history and culture of the Scottish Gàidhealtachd.

Perhaps you know something already about the oral tradition, the material culture, and the history of particular districts of the Gàidhealtachd. By situating that knowledge in the wider context of the entire country and parts of Europe, with specific reference to material culture – the many objects that Gaels have made and used – you will acquire a broad perspective on the extraordinary changes which have affected the Gaelic world over the past three centuries. You will be taught as part of an enthusiastic student group, using online VLEs and telephone seminars as well as carrying out research in the field. The MSc is delivered part-time, allowing a degree of flexibility in the number of modules you study each semester. Generally it takes three years to complete the MSc.

Entry Requirements

A 2.2 honours degree or above in a relevant subject. A good standard of fluency in Gaelic is necessary.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

1 - 3 years


Gaelic and Related Studies

SCQF Level