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BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies

Award: BA, BA (Hons)
Study Mode: Full-time, On Campus
Duration: 3 Years for BA, 4 years for BA Hons
Code: QP53
Course Contact: Eilidh Grant


The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies is a stimulating and vocational programme enabling you to gain fluency in Gaelic, and to apply your language skills to the study of contemporary media.

The media studies elements are principally theoretical in nature. They aim to raise your awareness of the cultural, social, political and technological contexts within which the media operates, with special regard to broadcasting, internet and film.

You will also undertake practical projects using up-to-date digital technology, leading to a better understanding of the implementation of theory as well as preparing you for employment.

In the Honours year you will have the opportunity to spend a semester at a university in Ireland.


Course Content

You will be expected to have a basic knowledge of Gaelic when joining the course and, depending on your ability, will either study on the intensive Gaelic course, An Cùrsa Comais, or Gàidhlig is Conaltradh in your first year.

In second year subjects covered include Gaelic language; media studies; writing for radio and television; and mass media and culture.

Year three includes enquiry skills, Scotland and cinema, creative writing and media regulation.

To complete fourth year you will undertake a dissertation as well as a number of modules such as the media in Ireland, radio productionand audience research.


Year 1
SCQF Level 7

For the structure at Level SCQF 7, see An Cùrsa Comais and Gaelic and Communication.
Students taking the BA/BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies will be required to study
Na Meadhanan Gàidhlig as their optional module choice.



Year 2
SCQF Level 8

     Core Modules

     Optional Modules


  • Gaelic Language 2
  • Language, Culture and Ethnicity
  • The Media in Scotland
  • Journalism
  • Scotland and Cinema
  • Writing for Radio and Television

Year 3
SCQF Level 9

    Core Modules

    Optional Modules


  • Gaelic Language 3
  • Research Skills
  • Minority Language Media
  • Television Production
  • Creative Writing

Year 4
SCQF Level 10

    Core Modules

    Optional Modules


  • Dissertation
  • The Media in Ireland
  • Documentary Film
  • Radio Production
  • Audience Research
  • Translation Skills


Entry Requirements

  • 3 SQA Higher passes at grades B, B and C or above, preferably including Gàidhlig (fluent speakers) or Gaelic (learners) at B or above; or
  • 2 A Levels at grades BC or above
  • other equivalent qualifications subject to the discretion of the Course/Programme Leader.

Students without an SQA pass in Gaelic must satisfy the college of their ability in Gaelic

For applicants with little or no previous knowledge of Gaelic, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig offers An Cùrsa Inntrigidh, a distance learning course which aims to prepare students for entry to year one of the degree programme.

Fees and Funding

For course costs please follow this link


How to Apply

If you are a school leaver or are applying to multiple universities, then you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This is the central admissions service for all universities and colleges of higher education in the UK.

If you are not a school leaver and are only applying to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, you can contact the Registry & Admissions Office or download, complete and return the UHI application form.

For those applying from overseas, UCAS forms will be available from the British Council. All prospective international students can also downlaod, complete and return the UHI international students application form.


Contact details:

Registry & Admissions Office
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Isle of Skye
IV44 8RQ

Tel: 01471 888304


Useful information for applying through UCAS:

Institution Name: HIP
Code: H49
Campus: K