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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
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This is a research degree; full-time over one year, part-time over two years. Students may be based at the College or elsewhere (with the expectation that there would be opportunities to visit the College now and again).

The College has expertise in a wide variety of research fields, expecially in the following: Historical Phonology (Cox), Dialectal Studies (Wringe), Onomastics (Cox, Mac an Tàilleir), Modern Scottish Gaelic Literature (Bateman, I. Mac a’ Phearsain), Early Modern Scottish Gaelic Literature (Bateman), Medieval and Modern History of the Highlands and Islands (Stiùbhart), Material Culture (Cheape, Stiùbhart, Bateman), Socio-linguistics (Armstrong, NicLeòid), Musicology (Purser, Cheape) and  Rural Economy (G. Mac a’ Phearsain). Further information on research enterprise at the College is available in An Leabhran Rannsachaidh.

Although formal teaching is not part of the MRes, training is provided depending on the needs of students, e.g. research skills, and Gaelic-language skills could be part of this.


The application process:

(1) Students submit – usually after discussions with College staff – a proposal to the College detailing the research topic they would like to pursue; this should include:

  • The field or area to be researched
  • The issue or hypothesis to be tested or the questions to be answered
  • The methodology and techniques to be employed in order to achieve this
  • The relationship between the proposed research and previously-published scholarly work and current research within the field and the contribution the thesis will make to it
  • Details of relevant publications by the student and/or evidence of the student’s experience or preparedness for the research
  • An estimate of what sort of impact the research might have and how that impact might be assessed.

(2) Once the College is satisfied with the proposal, the student submist a formal application to UHI.

Fees for 2019/20 have not been published yet, but last year’s figures will give an idea of them:             

For further information, please contact Abigail Burnyeat: