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MSc Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History

AWARD: Distance Learning,Master of Science
STUDY MODE: Distance Learning,Part-time
CODE: 93Q7
COURSE LEADER: Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stewart
COURSE CONTACT: Eilidh Grant ( )


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.

YEAR 1 – Pg Cert (SCQF level 11) Core modules

  • Material Culture and European Ethnology
  • Settlement and Land-use
  • Material Culture: Research Methods

YEAR 2 – Pg Dip (SCQF level 11) Core modules

  • Historical Perspectives
  • Contemporary Issues

Optional modules

  • Environmental Evolution and Sustainability
  • Regional Identities
  • Migration: Cultural Continuity and Change

YEAR 3 – MSc (SCQF level 11) Core modules

  • Research Dissertation


  • PhD research
  • Heritage sector/museums/environmental organisations/environmental and landscape projects
  • Development and cultural bodies; arts and media


A 2:2 Hons degree or above in a suitable subject. We welcome applicants who do not have this qualification, but possess professional knowledge in relevant subjects. Conversational ability in Gaelic at an advanced level is essential. You can apply for this course at the following link:

How to apply

Prospective students should apply directly to the College. or an application form please contact the Admissions Office on 01471 888304 or e-mail    

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