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Our School of Education is the principal and longest-established provider of Gaelic-medium education (GME) initial teacher education in Scotland. Read more

Why this course?

Our School of Education is the principal and longest-established provider of Gaelic-medium education (GME) initial teacher education in Scotland.

This is a full-time, one-year course. It’s designed to help qualified teachers with intermediate-level Gaelic transfer to Gaelic-medium classrooms.

The course is unique in Scotland. It combines language training with a focus on pedagogical requirements for working in GME including:
- understanding approaches to language learning and teaching ‘immersion’ classrooms
- current policy, provision & practice relating to GME
- bilingualism in education

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/gaelicimmersionforteachers/

You’ll study

You’ll study six core modules and complete three placements in Gaelic-speaking classrooms and organisations.

These will focus on the development of advanced Gaelic language skills relevant to GME. The language and pedagogy modules are taught in tandem. This maximises your opportunity to develop professional competences in the spoken and written language.

Core modules:
- Gaelic 1: Gràmar, fuaimneachadh agus cainnte làitheil
- Gaelic 2: Leasachadh conaltraidh
- Gaelic 3: Comasan conaltraidh adhartach
- Pedagogy 1: Language learning and teaching
- Pedagogy 2: Gaelic medium education: policy, provision, practice
- Pedagogy 2: Understanding, supporting and promoting bilingualism

Work placement

You’ll complete three placements over the course of the year. Two of the three will be in Gaelic-medium classrooms, relevant to your existing experience and plans for future work. You’ll spend one week in November observing practice and four weeks in the spring teaching classes in Gaelic.

The third placement will be in a Gaelic-speaking organisation. You’ll complete 70 hours of voluntary work over the course of the year. You’ll use the Gaelic language and develop links for future school activities.

Project

Over the course of the year, you'll complete a project. There is flexibility in your choice of project but you’re encouraged to consult your local sponsoring authority. It may involve the school or organisation where you have taken your placements. Or it may reflect other aspects of the course, for example:
- exploring the role of education in Gaelic revitalisation
- the development of new resources
- the implementation of national or local Gaelic language plans

Entry requirements

According to the Council of Europe Framework of Reference for Languages Level B1, intermediate level is defined as:
- can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc
- can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken
- can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest
- can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans

This is broadly equivalent to Higher Gaelic or Gàidhlig, but we recognise that Gaelic learners have very diverse language learning histories. The course team is happy to discuss and assess prospective participants’ Gaelic competence in order to determine whether the course is suitable.

Learning & teaching

You're expected to attend classes four days a week with one day a week allocated to independent study. This is due to the focus on language training and because most of the content is delivered in Gaelic.

Language learning teaching includes a focus on:
- grammar
- pronunciation
- oral presentation
- listening comprehension
- literacy

You're encouraged to put your language skills to use in a variety of contexts including:
- social and professional encounters
- development of teaching resources
- blogs
- webpages
- use of social media
- networking events etc

Pedagogical learning and teaching includes:
- lectures
- seminars
- workshops,
- opportunities for microteaching
- participation in professional development events for GME

You'll develop professional networks which you'll maintain after you have completed the course.

Guest lectures

There are lectures from experts in GME and related areas scheduled throughout the year. The majority of these are in Gaelic. You’ll get perspectives on policy, provision and practice in this sector and hear a range of Gaelic voices.

Assessment

Assessment includes formal language tests, assessment of oral and written presentations in Gaelic concerning a range of professionally relevant tasks, and evaluation of the major project.

Careers

Demand for Gaelic teachers is high.
The National Gaelic Language Plan 2012-2017 has set targets for a significant rise in the numbers of children enrolled in Gaelic-medium education.
This means an increase in the number of teachers qualified to teach through the medium of Gaelic.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Applications for PGDE Primary Teaching in English have re-opened for Argyll College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, Moray College UHI, and North Highland College UHI. Read more
Applications for PGDE Primary Teaching in English have re-opened for Argyll College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, Moray College UHI, and North Highland College UHI

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 5PM, MONDAY 29 MAY AND INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD AT THE END OF JUNE 2017

This course will prepare you for life as a primary teacher, with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of children you teach.

The PGDE consists of 18 weeks study at the university, plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools. The placements in schools are arranged nationally and you will be placed in schools within travelling distance of your home or term-time address. You will be able to choose from two pathways, English and Gaelic.

If you wish to apply for the Gaelic pathway you must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. On this pathway, parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a Gaelic setting.

Graduates of the course will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

You will benefit from studying in small, locally-based groups while collaborating remotely with other student teachers and tutors across the university’s network of colleges. The programme overlaps significantly with the PGDE Secondary to offer a cross-sector
perspective.

A three-day residential induction is held at the start of the course with a further one in March which focuses on outdoor learning. Each local cohort will also organise a showcase event at the end of the course, as part of developing leadership.

Further information about studying on our PGDE programmes at https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/t4-media/one-web/university/study-at-uhi/uhi-pgde-faqs.pdf

Special features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Opportunity to follow a teacher education programme across the Highlands and Islands
• Gaelic pathway available at Inverness College UHI; Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway;and Argyll College UHI, Oban for fluent Gaelic speakers
• The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the children you teach
• The course also offers the option of gaining 40 masters level credits by submission of three assignments at level 11.

Where can I study my course?

Start Date is in August

Argyll College UHI - Oban (English and Gaelic pathway available)
Inverness College UHI - (English and Gaelic pathway available)
Lews Castle College UHI - (English and Gaelic pathway available)
Moray College UHI
North Highland College UHI - Thurso
Orkney College UHI
Perth College UHI - Subject to approval
Shetland College UHI

Taught modules:

• The critical and enquiring professional
• Children, Young people and their curriculum
• Children, Young people and their learning
Plus professional practice (60 credits, four placements) in schools in Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney, Perth and Kinross and Shetland.
All modules are compulsory, There is the option to submit three assignments at level 11 to gain 40 Masters level credits.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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This course will prepare you for life as a secondary teacher in Gaelic Medium Education (GME), with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of the young people you teach. Read more
This course will prepare you for life as a secondary teacher in Gaelic Medium Education (GME), with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of the young people you teach.

The PGDE (Secondary) consists of 18 weeks study at the university (based at Lews Castle College, Stornoway and at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway), plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools.
You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed through interview. On this pathway parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic, all written assessments will be done in Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a GME setting, plus one placement in an English speaking classroom.

Special features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Opportunity to undertake secondary teacher training in GME within the Western Isles.
• Input from experienced teachers within the Nicolson Institute throughout the programme.
• Opportunity to enhance your understanding of Gaelic culture and to develop language competence.
• The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the young people you teach.

Course Content

Taught modules: The Critical and Enquiring Professional Teacher; Children, Young People and their Curriculum; Children, Young People and their Learning.
Professional Practice: in the Nicolson Institute, other secondary schools in the Western Isles and other Gaelic Medium Education settings.

Location

Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

Please note

: There are subject specific entry guidelines for secondary teaching stipulated by GTC Scotland. These are available from the GTC Scotland website: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland, 2013

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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This Masters in Celtic Studies is an interdisciplinary programme specialising in the medieval Celtic languages, literature, history and archaeology covering the whole span of the Middle Ages from the 6th to the 16th centuries. Read more
This Masters in Celtic Studies is an interdisciplinary programme specialising in the medieval Celtic languages, literature, history and archaeology covering the whole span of the Middle Ages from the 6th to the 16th centuries.

Why this programme

-The wide-ranging curriculum can be tailored to your own undergraduate experience. This means the programme is suitable whether you have a Celtic Studies degree or you come from a related subject such as history, literature, or archaeology.
-This programme will provide you with a highly stimulating environment, learning from internationally renowned scholars.
-You will participate in the lively research culture of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, including weekly research seminars across the academic session.
-You will enjoy easy access to our research archive, the MacLean Room, which houses our range of books, periodicals and other printed material relating to Celtic and Gaelic.
-At Glasgow, you are uniquely well placed to study the medieval Celts in the context of Scottish Gaelic. Through the work of its Gaelic Officer and the [email protected] initiative, Celtic and Gaelic provides you an unparalleled opportunity to work and socialise in a bilingual environment and to experience the music and culture of contemporary Gaelic Scotland.

Programme structure

You will take two core courses, choose two optional courses (one per semester) and study a Celtic Language. You will also produce a 10,000-15,000 word dissertation on a specialist topic agreed with your supervisor.

Core courses
-Skills and scholarship in Celtic studies (Semester 1)
-Themes and debates in Celtic studies (Semester 2)

You will also take a course in one of the medieval Celtic languages at introductory or advanced level. You may, if appropriate, take a course in Scottish Gaelic instead.

-Introduction to Early Gaelic (Old and Middle Irish)
-Introduction to Middle Welsh.

Optional courses from a wide range of specialist courses including:
-Celtic Art: An Interdisciplinary Approach
-Celtic Place-names of Scotland
-Critical Issues in Early Gaelic Literature
-Finn in Gaelic Literature
-Legal traditions in Medieval Ireland and Wales
-Literacy in Celtic Culture and Society: An Interdisciplinary Approach
-Picts: An Interdisciplinary Approach
-Special Option (Semester 1 or 2) This is a course of guided reading, directed by a specialist in a field of your choice, designed to produce a research essay of c. 5,000 words.

You may alternatively, with the approval of the programme organiser, take a taught course from a related Master’s programme or take another language course.

Dissertation
You will write a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words on a topic of your choice, benefitting from the expert supervision of our staff.

Aims

The taught Masters programme in Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow is an interdisciplinary programme focussing on the Medieval Celtic languages, literature and history, taught and run by participating scholars from Celtic and Gaelic, Archaeology and History. Glasgow’s wealth of expertise offers students a chance to branch out into many different specialist studies, as well as gaining a good grounding in one or more of the medieval Celtic languages. Its flexible structure of core courses combined with specialist work allows it to be suitable both for those who already have an undergraduate degree in Celtic Studies or a similar subject, and for those who come to the degree with little exposure to Celtic Studies but having previous university experience of another related subject such as history, literature, or archaeology. While the programme is intended to provide an excellent base for those who wish to proceed to further research in the form of a PhD, it is also open to those who wish to study the subject for a year for its own sake, or who wish to ‘bolt on’ knowledge of Celtic Studies to their other learning, skills and expertise. It can be taken over one year, or part-time over two years.

Career prospects

Graduates have secured jobs in academia, museums and government heritage bodies; publishing and book marketing; primary and secondary teaching, and teaching English as a foreign language abroad.

The programme also provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and an academic career.

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This ground-breaking, internationally acclaimed masters programme offers you a unique opportunity to investigate Gaelic culture – entirely through the language of the Gaels themselves. Read more
This ground-breaking, internationally acclaimed masters programme offers you a unique opportunity to investigate Gaelic culture – entirely through the language of the Gaels themselves.

This masters course gives you a chance to study in-depth the extraordinary transformations affecting the Gaelic world during recent centuries up to the present day, drawing upon the wealth of material culture, literature, tradition, and language of the people of the Highlands.

You may already be knowledgeable on the tradition, material culture and history of different Highland districts. By placing them in a wider regional context through your studies, with a specific focus on material culture – the many objects made and used in the Highlands – you will attain a deeper understanding of the world of the Gaels, both past and present.

The course is taught in Gaelic, from a Gaelic perspective, by internationally recognised scholars

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• It is available to study entirely online
• You can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.
• Emphasis on developing skills in fieldwork, oral interviewing and archival research
• Building strong links with local communities, local and national museums and agencies
• You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or masters degree.

Modules

PgCert

Core modules are:

Material culture and European ethnology
Research methods
Settlement and land use

PgDip

Core modules are:

through the centuries
big questions of today.
You will also choose one option module which may include:

the stability of the earth environment,
lifestyles and neighbourhood,
migration and life impact

Msc

To achieve the award of MSc, you must complete a research dissertation

Locations

This course is available online with support from Sabhal Mor Ostaig UHI, Slèite, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, IV44 8RQ

Study Options

You will study through supported online learning using the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Assessment by formal exams, projects, field work
You are also required to attend an induction session offered face-to-face at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye or through distance online delivery
This course may be studied by international students from your home country

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top reasons to study at UHI

Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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Our area of study is the languages, literatures and cultures of the Celtic and Gaelic peoples, from Iron Age Europe to the present. Read more

Research profile

Our area of study is the languages, literatures and cultures of the Celtic and Gaelic peoples, from Iron Age Europe to the present.

As a postgraduate research student, you will benefit not only from our highly regarded academic staff and impressive collection of research resources but also from our commitment to enhancing your research skills through a mandatory comprehensive training programme.

Our field of research spans a number of disciplines. Recent work has encompassed archaeology, divinity, education and linguistics, with thesis topics including Gaelic oral literature and Celtic history.

Our research interests include:

Scottish, Irish and Welsh Celtic literature and literary tradition in the Medieval and modern periods
the Gaelic languages and dialects
Celtic sociolinguistics and language policy

Training and support

A comprehensive training programme by the department of Celtic and Scottish Studies and generic training offered by the School and College is mandatory for all students. Generic training offered by the School and College is optional.

We use a combination of traditional and innovative methods to impart research training. Students are encouraged to make direct contact with original sources and to gain hands-on experience, whether in reading medieval manuscripts or in handling electronically stored data.

Research training and expert research supervision are provided, linked to the specific research topic. Primary sources are emphasised and the combination of archive work and fieldwork particularly encouraged.

Facilities

You will have access to an outstanding range of facilities and resources for your research. The Celtic Class Library, which holds a wide range of specialist materials, and the larger Scottish Studies Library are situated within the department, and the National Library of Scotland is within a short walk. The School of Scottish Studies Archives include songs, tales and the Linguistic and Place-names Surveys of Scotland.

You will be given comprehensive training in the use of these resources, and will be encouraged to use original sources, and to gain hands-on experience, whether in reading Medieval manuscripts or in handling electronically stored data.

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This unique, interdisciplinary programme provides students with a professional grounding in the fields of Celtic and Scottish Studies. Read more

Programme description

This unique, interdisciplinary programme provides students with a professional grounding in the fields of Celtic and Scottish Studies. It caters for a wide range of interests, with pathways in Traditional Arts and Culture, Medieval and Early Modern Celtic and Gaelic Development and Policy.

You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding in professional research methods and inquiry, language skills, literary and textual analysis or fieldwork and archiving, and a range of core topics in Celtic and Scottish studies.

You will undertake full research training in Celtic and Scottish studies. You will learn to analyse and synthesise this knowledge in an interdisciplinary context, question assumptions about the primacy of one specific discipline over others and receive an introduction to subjects which you may not have experienced at undergraduate level. You will also have the opportunity to take courses offered by the School of History, Classics & Archaeology.

Programme structure

The programme takes one academic year (12 months) of full-time study, or two years (24 months) of part-time study (part-time options are only available for UK or EU students).

You will complete one core course (20 credits total), five option courses (100 credits total) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits).

Compulsory courses:

Research Skills and Methods in Celtic and Scottish Studies
Option courses may include:

Celtic & Scottish Studies Internship
The Supernatural World
Material Culture in Scotland
Scottish Emigrant Traditions

Work placement/internship opportunities

The internship is an opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience in an area relevant to their studies. The economic environment is challenging for many graduates, and evidence of an internship is often a decisive factor in hiring decisions.

The internship has three main elements:

a work plan agreed between the host institution, the student, and the programme director
the work itself
an assessed final report

The precise nature of the internship will depend on agreements with the host institution, but it is likely to involve archival work, research assistance, curatorial work, or work in public relations.

Participating institutions may include Storytelling Centre, the National Library of Scotland Special Collections and Manuscripts departments, the National Sound Archive, the National Museums of Scotland, The School of Scottish Studies Archives, and the special collections of Edinburgh University.

Learning outcomes

You will develop the critical skills to evaluate and compare texts and a historical understanding of literature and culture, as well as transferable skills such as carrying out academic research, writing commentaries and essays, improving your analytical thought, using electronic resources and giving oral presentations.

You will gain:

familiarity with the broad context of Celtic and Scottish Studies
a solid understanding of bibliography and study methods
the ability to engage at a high level with the subject material
an awareness of current issues and concerns within selected research fields
the ability to engage in original research resulting in a dissertation in an area of specialism
opportunities for engagement with the professional field through an internship, if desired
the opportunity to study modern Scottish Gaelic or medieval Celtic languages

Career opportunities

There are a wide range of sectors within which you could apply your knowledge and skills such as journalism; social, government or cultural research; publishing; higher education; advertising; arts administration; information work; or programme research in broadcasting.

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This programme offers you the opportunity to explore the ancient world from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective from the Near-East to North-Western Europe. Read more
This programme offers you the opportunity to explore the ancient world from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective from the Near-East to North-Western Europe. It is based in Classics, with the participation of Archaeology, Egyptology, Celtic and Gaelic, and Theology and Religious Studies.

Why this programme

-The programme makes extensive use of the unique collections in the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum as well as collections in other Glasgow museums such as the Burrell Collection and the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.
-Hands-on sessions in a range of museums and libraries can be tailor-made to suit your interests.
-You will have the opportunity to take up an ancient language (Greek, Latin, Egyptian, Coptic, Hebrew, early Gaelic, Welsh) from scratch, or continue it at advanced level.

Programme structure

The ancient world was both multicultural and highly interconnected, with trade routes running from the Middle East through Greece and Italy to Celtic Britain, with peoples of diverse cultures, faiths, and ethnicities living together in bustling cities such as Athens, Rome, and Alexandria.

Core courses
-Approaching the Ancient World through Text
-Approaching the Ancient World through Material Culture

Both core courses include handling sessions with ancient objects taking advantage of the unique resources of the University of Glasgow in the shape of the university library, the Hunterian Museum, and the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.

Optional courses may include
-Languages at all levels: Ancient Greek, Latin, early Gaelic, Welsh, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian (hieroglyphs), Coptic
-Democracy and Government in the Ancient World
-Explorations in the Classical Tradition
-Rituals, Feasts and Festivals – Power, Community and Consumption in the East Mediterranean and the Near East
-Mediterranean Landscapes
-Climate and Civilisation
-Celtic Art
-Jewish Contexts of Early Christianity
-Early Church History and Theology
-Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology
-Courses on Celtic and Viking archaeology
-Courses in Museum Studies

You must take courses from at least two subject areas. The course convener will offer guidance and approve your choices to ensure their feasibility and intellectual cogency. Please note that you can only study one language at beginner’s level.

You will also complete a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words on a research topic of your choice. Your dissertation will be supervised in individual subjects or jointly between subjects as appropriate.

Career prospects

The programme provides excellent technical and linguistic skills for further postgraduate study in any of the subjects involved. It is also well suited for those considering a career in heritage, teaching, archives, or libraries.

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You learn about European Celts, German invaders with Roman culture and legacy. There are in-depth insights of kingdoms, cultures, invasions and accounts of who we really are. Read more
You learn about European Celts, German invaders with Roman culture and legacy. There are in-depth insights of kingdoms, cultures, invasions and accounts of who we really are. The programme offers theories, method and languages, history and literature.

COURSES
Reading Celtic
Modern Gaelic for Postgraduates
Tales of Vengeance and Enchantment: The Heroic Age in Irish and Icelandic Saga Literature
Modern Irish Language for Postgraduates
Special Study in Language and Literature
Reading Celtic
Modern Gaelic for Postgraduates
Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Exercise of Authority: Early Middle Ages
Special Study in Language and Literature

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The programme is taught by a team of academics in the social, political and cultural history of Scotland from the medieval period through to the 20th century. Read more
The programme is taught by a team of academics in the social, political and cultural history of Scotland from the medieval period through to the 20th century. It has a particular geographical emphasis on Gaelic Scotland, Scotland’s place in the British Isles and Europe, and on urban Scotland.

Why this programme

-Teaching and research in Scottish history are firmly embedded in the University, giving benefits from synergies with Celtic and Gaelic, archaeology and Scottish literature, all contributing to the work of the Centre for Scottish & Celtic Studies.
-You will enjoy access to the Baillie Collection, our prized collection of printed medieval and modern sources in Scottish, Irish and English history. The collection also offers printed state papers, Historical Manuscript Commission publications and a select collection of modern monographs.
-Our programme has strong links with the University's Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, giving you access to primary source material including an enormous collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, coins, books, manuscripts and ethnography.
-You will join an extensive medieval research community. Glasgow has active charter and chronicle research groups in medieval studies, a reading group and regular staff-student seminars. The annual Edwards Lecture is the keynote event in the calendar of this scholarly community.

Programme structure

Our History Masters are built around a hands-on research training course, specialised courses on historical and theoretical themes, and other courses developing your technical skills and other abilities like languages and palaeography.

If you choose to study Scottish History, there will be a guided selection of courses that will provide you with the specialised knowledge in that field. You will be taught through a series of seminars and workshops. Internationally recognised historians give guest lectures throughout the year.

In the final part of the programme, you will select a specialised topic and conduct original primary source research for your dissertation. You are supported in your research and writing up by an assigned supervisor with expertise in your field of inquiry.

Core courses
-Research resources and skills for historians

Optional courses - course options may include:
-Politics and literature in Jacobean Scotland
-Culture, politics and society in the Highland clearances
-Interdisciplinary perspectives on Scottish culture
-Specialist course in Medieval Scottish studies
-Revolutionary Scotland: literature, culture and politics 1830-1939
-The Scottish Wars of Independence
-Scottish popular culture
-Scottish Reformation

The courses taught each year vary depending upon staff availability.

To widen your approach and develop an interdisciplinary perspective, you are also strongly encouraged to take one or two complementary courses in cognate subjects, such as:
-Monuments in transition in Medieval Scotland
-Records and evidence
-Introduction to museology
-Approaching the past
-Sources for early Medieval Scottish Christianity.

Courses in Scottish literature, English literature, theology, history of art and other College of Arts subjects can also be studied, by agreement with the programme convener.

Career prospects

Apart from continuing to study a PhD, you can transfer the arts research skills and methods you learn on this programme to positions in the public and private sectors, such as heritage, policy and projects, journalism and teaching.

Positions held by recent History graduates include Editor Business & History Products, Lead Scholar/Instructor and Secretary.

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This Masters programme is the only dedicated postgraduate degree in Island Studies in Scotland. It focuses on the study of islands and their communities, both in Scotland and internationally. Read more
This Masters programme is the only dedicated postgraduate degree in Island Studies in Scotland. It focuses on the study of islands and their communities, both in Scotland and internationally. Delivered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, the MLitt Island Studies gives you the opportunity to explore the islands of the world.

Island communities are often culturally unique, yet by their nature they share many commonalities, sometimes referred to as 'islandness'. As part of the degree you will undertake comparative and multi-disciplinary study of the Scottish islands, however island communities as diverse as the Baltic, the Faroe Islands, the Isle of Man, the Falklands and Canadian islands, will also be integral to you studies, particularly the critical appraisal of insular governance, tourism and autonomy.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• The first Masters degree in a flourishing and respected field of study and research
• You will explore the insular identities, achievements, threats and futures of islands communities, in Scotland and worldwide
• You will study the cultural identity, language, literature and politics of island communities
• You can study individual modules for personal and professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters

Modules

PgCert

Core modules are: The nature of Islandness; The Scottish Islands;
You will also choose an additional module from a range of Centre for Nordic Studies and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig modules, the latter through the medium of Gaelic language.

PgDip

Core modules are: Island Governance; Selling 'Cold' Islands
You will also choose an additional module from a range of Centre for Nordic Studies and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig modules, the latter through the medium of Gaelic language.

MLitt

: To achieve the award of MLitt Island Studies you must complete a research dissertation.

Locations

This course is available to study
online and by video conference supported by Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
At Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

Study Options

You will study this course through a combination of video conferenced seminars and learning through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor.

Students, including international students, can study at Orkney College UHI or from their own locations, studying online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings.

An online induction will be offered at the start of your course.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top reasons to study at UHI

Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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The first of its kind in the world, Ancestral Studies is an innovative new interdisciplinary programme. Read more
The first of its kind in the world, Ancestral Studies is an innovative new interdisciplinary programme. Uniting teaching across humanities and sciences, Ancestral Studies explores the social and biological contours of identity, allowing you to study across multiple disciplines, create your own curriculum and pursue self-directed unique research.

Why this programme

-A truly interdisciplinary degree programme taught collaboratively by world leading academic departments.
-An emphasis on building practical skills through professional masterclasses and skills workshops.
-An immersive learning experience drawing upon the unique Scottish landscape and its rich history.
-The opportunity to contribute to, and shape, a new academic field of research.

Programme structure

This course can be taken full or part time (at the convener’s discretion). It is comprised of two core modules and several optional taught modules. This structure allows you to shape your own curriculum and tailor it to your interests (insofar as staffing and course availability allows). You will work closely with the convener to shape a meaningful and intellectually cogent programme of study. Over the summer you will complete a dissertation or professional report dependent upon your interests.

Core and Optional Courses
Core Courses
-Research Methods for Ancestral Studies
-Approaches to Ancestral Studies

Optional courses
Optional courses will be drawn from a range of disciplines and will therefore change on a yearly basis. You will work with the programme convener to choose a complement of optional courses that will align with your interests. These courses may be taken from History, Archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic, and more (depending on course offerings in any particular year).

Dissertation
MSc students will complete a dissertation. Innovative, cross-disciplinary dissertations are encouraged and will be supervised/co-supervised within the appropriate School/s.

Career prospects

The combination of practical and theory based learning will equip graduates of Ancestral Studies with a well-balanced and broad set of transferrable skills. You will have practical research skills in primary and secondary sources (from artefacts to archives), the ability to critically evaluate sources, to debate and formulate your own arguments and theories, and to present your research to your peers.

Potential career paths include academic and commercial archaeology, a variety of positions within museums, galleries, archives and libraries, or within the growing Ancestral Tourism sector.

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The Aberystwyth University MA in Irish offers you an exciting opportunity to engage with Irish language and literature through historical, social and intellectual approaches. Read more
The Aberystwyth University MA in Irish offers you an exciting opportunity to engage with Irish language and literature through historical, social and intellectual approaches. You will study a rich array of Irish texts and cultural phenomena through a wide array of study modules. Few courses offer such a tremendous range of study options; consequently, you will be able to tailor your study to your interests perfectly.

By studying the central canon of Irish texts, you will develop a sound knowledge of the language across a broad period. You may also get to grips with relevant languages, including a comparative study of Scottish and Irish Gaelic. You will also be able to converse in these languages.

Alongside this process, you will examine the subject from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives to sharpen your critical faculties and prepare to make your own contribution to the subject in your dissertation project. You will do this by developing complex concepts within the field of study and apply to them the same critical and analytical rigour. In developing, testing and coherently presenting your own argument, you will become a formidable academic of Irish literature.

In addition to the subject-specific knowledge, this study programme is constructed in such a way to develop you personally, and equip you with a strong compliment of skills that you can draw upon in many postgraduate employment situations. Your confidence in writing, reporting and discussion will be backed up by tried and tested skills in critical evaluation and argument formation and you will be an attractive opportunity for any employer who prizes clarity, independence of thought and self-motivated, analytical rigour.

The Department’s expert staff will teach you through a complementary pattern of supervisions, supervised reading, seminars, tutorials, preparation and writing of essays and presentations, and directed reading. You will be assessed via formal examinations, language tests, coursework and oral assessment. In addition, you will have access to substantial library resources in the form of the Hugh Owen Library and the National Library of Wales (copyright library).

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/irish-masters/

- Contact Time:
Approximately 10-14 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

- Assessment:
The taught part of the course (Part 1) is delivered and assessed through lectures, tutorials and essay projects. Successful completion of your portfolio (Part 2) leads to the award of an MA.

Overview

This degree gives you the chance to gain a sound knowledge of Irish language and literature from the earliest Old Irish down to the modern day. You will be encouraged to use a range of critical methods in approaching the material. The dissertation will allow you to develop a topic of your choice and to produce a sustained piece of work up to 20,000 words which will demonstrate to future employers your ability to research independently and to exercise your critical faculties and writing skills in a demanding field of study.

Aberystwyth is a world-famous research centre for Welsh and Celtic scholars. As well as the rich holdings of the University’s own Hugh Owen Library, the National Library of Wales is close at hand. It has unrivalled collections of manuscripts, archives and historical documents of all kinds, literary archives, printed books, journals, as well as sound and moving image archives.

Staff and students meet in our fortnightly lunch-time research seminars, and the Postgraduate Study Room, located in the heart of the Department, next to the Hugh Owen Library, makes for a good deal of informal interaction between taught Masters’ students, research student, staff and undergraduates. Postgraduate employment stands currently at 100%.

Employability

Qualification: MA in Irish

This degree will suit you:
- If you wish to study Irish language and literature at an advanced academic level;
- If you desire a strengthen your critical and scholarly abilities through engagement with Irish texts;
- If you wish to explore your enthusiasm for this exciting and highly satisfying subject;
- If you aim to foster transferable skills and engage in professional and personal development for entering employment.

- Employability:
Every element of the Aberystwyth Master’s in Irish enhances your employability. Alongside the development of your subject-specific knowledge and experience, an especially noteworthy strength of this course is the emphasis on personal development. As an emerging language specialist, your strengthened research and critical faculties will make you a strong candidate for any post where ideas and topics need research, analysis, discussion, expansion and classification.

Employers in every industry value such skills and the pattern of creativity, research, analysis and discussion you will undertake in this course creates highly marketable skills which will, upon graduation, stand you in excellent stead for entry into the jobs market. The organisational skills you will learn on this course will help you direct and therefore make the most of your individual flair, bringing a balance of skills that prospective employers will find attractive.

- Personal, Professional and Project-Management Skills:
The MA will require of you a high level of personal and professional discipline. As the assessment for this Master’s course is done through essay-writing, tutorial and seminar presentation, culminating in the dissertation of up to 20,000 words, you will receive much practise in writing and reporting, as well as rigorous feedback on your submissions. This will develop in you a thorough knowledge of the structure, conventions and development of written communications, which will, in turn, make your writing clear, accurate and authoritative. These skills will stand you in good stead for your future progression into employed and academic environments.


Studying for this Master’s degree will allow you to sharpen up all your research and analysis disciplines, your professional work ethos and your presentation and communication skills. A host of employers look for accuracy, thoroughness, an eye for detail and the ability to find and prove connections across broad subject matter, and you certainly will have proven yourself, simply by graduating from this prestigious MA course.

Find out how to apply here http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/irish-masters/#how-to-apply

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The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is a one year (36 weeks) full-time course of professional training accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Read more
The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is a one year (36 weeks) full-time course of professional training accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. The aim of the programme is to produce adaptable, flexible teachers able to collaborate and cooperate with other professionals, ready to face challenges of teaching in the 21st century and commit to the notion of lifelong learning.

SUBJECTS:
Biology with Science; Business Studies; Chemistry with Science; Drama; English; Gaelic; Geography; Home Economics; History; Mathematics; Modern Languages; Modern Studies; Physics with Science; Religious Education; .

OF WHICH YOU CHOOSE 1 SUBJECT NORMALLY

COURSES
4 Compulsory courses
2 academic courses
2 school experience courses
2 nine week placements


Students must meet the requirements of the Standard for Initial Teacher Education (SITE) in order to pass the PGDE and gain entry to the Teacher Induction Scheme in Scotland (subject to meeting SAAS funding criteria).

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This exciting taught postgraduate literature course allows you to study the writers and literatures of the Highlands and Islands, in the communities to which they belong. Read more
This exciting taught postgraduate literature course allows you to study the writers and literatures of the Highlands and Islands, in the communities to which they belong. Trace the footsteps of these inspirational creatives, explore the literary heritage of the area and experience, first hand, the diverse culture of the region.

You will study three main themes throughout the course, namely:

landscape and identity
the literary and linguistic legacy for the modern period
the place of Highlands and Islands literature in the wider context

You will benefit from lectures and seminars by local writers, and the team at the Centre for Nordic Studies. Our small classes will give you a more personal study experience during this Masters course in Highlands and Islands Literature.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Lectures and seminars by local writers
• A creative writing module
• The chance to study and explore the Highland and Islands at the same time
• You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree
• You can attend the course full time or part time or from a distance using our online and video conference technologies, which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

Modules

PgCert

Core modules are: The Gaelic Legacy; Writers and Place;Literary Iconographies

PgDip

Core modules are:

Modern Scottish Gothic
A Tour of the Highlands

You will also choose one option module which may include:

Exploring creative writing
The North Atlantic World
The Highlands and Islands Story
Traditional Customs and Beliefs of the Highlands and Islands
Picts: revealing the painted past.

MLitt

To achieve the award of MLitt Highlands and Islands Literature you must complete a research dissertation.

Locations

This course is available online with support from Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway or Orkney College UHI, Kirkwall

Study Options

You will study this course through a combination of video conferenced seminars and learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor.
International students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study with us must be based at Orkney College UHI during their studies. International students undertaking the course from their home country can study online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings.
All other students can choose to study at Orkney College UHI or Lews Castle College UHI in Stornoway, or from their own location studying online and by video conference in real-time or recordings.
An online induction will be offered at the start of your course.

Access routes

Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes including:
BA (Hons) Literature
BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature
BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage
And externally from humanities degrees generally

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top reasons to study at UHI

Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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