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MRes Gaelic and Celtic Studies

Award: CPD, Distance Learning
Study Mode: Distance Learning, Full-time, On Campus, Part-time
Duration: 1 Year full time / 2 Years Part time
Course Contact: Abigail Burnyeat


The MRes in Gaelic and Celtic Studies provides students with a professional grounding in the fields of Gaelic and Celtic Studies, offering them the opportunity to pursue their scholarly interests and to develop their skills in formal academic writing, analysis and communication through the medium of Gaelic.

Students on the MRes work closely with their academic supervisors on a year-long research project they design together; supervision is available in the areas of:

Students receive training in research skills and academic Gaelic writing skills, as well as tailored provision required for their chosen disciplinary area.

Sabhal Mòr’s library collections provide access to an extensive variety of scholarly resources. Our Special Collections include outstanding collections of early printed Gaelic books from the seventeenth century onwards, as well as important antiquarian and manuscript collections covering Gaelic, Celtic Studies, folklore, material culture, Highland history, Gaelic development, and the history of piping. We particularly welcome applications from students seeking to make use of material from our collections in their research. 

The MRes may be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Students may be based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig or elsewhere (with the expectation that there would be opportunities to visit Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and take part in relevant research activities on a regular basis).



Entry requirements are outlined here:


Application process

Prospective students submit a CV and an initial project proposal outlining the research topic they would like to pursue. Students are strongly encouraged to make contact before developing their application in order to be put in touch with and discuss their project with potential supervisors.

Once SMO is satisfied with the project proposal, the candidate, with the support of the lead supervisor identified for their project, will submit a formal application for admission to postgraduate study through UHI’s Graduate School.

Fees and the UHI application process are outlined at

For further information, please contact Abigail Burnyeat: