You will study the language and literature of Scottish Gaelic in its historical and cultural contexts.

This programme provides courses for complete beginners, advanced learners, and fluent speakers. Many of our post-beginners' courses are taught through the medium of Gaelic to further develop fluency.

Programme structure

Year 1

In year 1 there are three parallel courses, one for students with a good pass in Higher Gàidhlig, a second for those with a good pass in Higher Gaelic and a third for absolute beginners. You will develop advanced language skills at the same time as acquiring in-depth knowledge and understanding of Scottish Gaelic language, culture and literature, and those of related languages such as modern Irish. 

Year 2

You will continue to broaden your knowledge of Scottish Gaelic literature, as well as deepening your language skills. 

If you progress through the courses for advanced Gaelic in year 1, you will study 19th-century Gaelic writers such as Norman MacLeod, 17th- and 18th-century poetry (including Iain Lom and Sìleas na Ceapaich), and aspects of Gaelic linguistics.

If you progress through the beginners’ course, you will continue to hone your language skills and also study a range of Gaelic writing, some of which is taught through the medium of Gaelic.

Students who are not fluent Gaelic speakers have the opportunity to improve their fluency by attending a three-week inter-university Gaelic summer school.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Degrees in Arts, Life Sciences, Science and Social Sciences.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4), you will concentrate on modern Scottish Gaelic language and literature, while broadening out to the study of Irish and the development and varieties of the Gaelic languages. This allows you to study aspects of Gaelic literature and language in more depth, mostly through the medium of Gaelic. You will also write a dissertation, researching a relevant topic of your own choosing.

Our international links

In your Honours years you will have the opportunity to spend a semester studying Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include at least one arts, humanities or language subject.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA/AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer).
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2016 once all applications have been reviewed. 
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English and a humanities subject or language at Grades A/B or B/A.

See Access Glasgow for pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements.

Accepted humanities and languages Highers

Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Management
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classical Greek
  • Classical studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Personal and social education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Three HL subjects at 6,6,5 including English and Humanities/Language. Whilst HL6 is preferred for English and Humanities/Language subjects, SL6 will be considered for one of the subjects. Applicants wishing to study Maths or Computing Science as optional subjects require Maths at HL6 or SL6 (Mathematics Studies is not accepted where Maths is required).

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Arts European Requirements [pdf]

A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.


No prior knowledge of a Celtic language is required.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

Recent developments in support of Gaelic, including its official recognition in the Scottish Parliament’s Achd na Gàidhlig, mean that Gaelic is a language with expanding career opportunities. Studying Gaelic at university opens doors to a diverse range of work in which Gaelic is essential. Over the last few years our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers in the media, publishing, primary and secondary teaching, academia, librarianship and law. Others find careers in language planning and development with local authorities and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Law/Gaelic Language: MQ15


  • KIS
    Gaelic: Q530
  • Gaelic/Business & Management: QN52
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Celtic Civilisation: Q590
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Central & East European Studies: QR5R
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Comparative Literature: QQ5F
  • KIS
    Gaelic/English Language: QQ53
  • KIS
    Gaelic/French: QR5C
  • KIS
    Gaelic/German: QR5F
  • KIS
    Gaelic/History: QV5C
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Mathematics: QG51
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Scottish History: QV52
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Social & Public Policy: QL54
  • KIS
    Portuguese/Gaelic : 7G4L
  • KIS
    Theology & Religious Studies/Gaelic: VQ56

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

Sgeama Còmhnaidh nan Oileanach

A bheil Gàidhlig agad? An còrdadh e riut fuireach còmhla ri daoine eile aig a bheil Gàidhlig? Tha sinn a’ toirt cothrom do dh’oileanaich aig a bheil Gàidhlig, fuireach ann am flat ri chèile airson na bliadhna acadaimigich. ’S e cothrom air leth a tha seo do luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig a bhith stèidhichte ann an àrainneachd Ghàidhlig fad bliadhna air àrainn an Oilthighe.

Gaelic Language Residency Scheme 

Do you speak Gaelic? Would you like to live on-campus with other Gaelic speakers? Sgeama Còmhnaidh nan Oileanach is a unique residency scheme offering Gaelic speaking students the opportunity to live together on-campus in a Gaelic environment for the academic year.

For more information, contact: