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Seinn 'sa Ghàidhlig (PGT) / Gaelic Song in Performance (PGT) GAELIC5036

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course considers the rich variety of Gaelic song, song genres and presentation styles since the 17th century. The performance and presentation of Gaelic song is explored and then the course will prepare students to plan and present a Gaelic song performance to a live audience.


5 one-hour lectures per semester, 10 one hour tutorial sessions and 10 one hour practical workshop classes.  

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

Seinn sa Ghàidhlig (GAELIC4042)





one essay of c. 2500 words (40%)


Song recital of c. 30 mins (40%) with written summary of c. 1500 words (20%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ perform a repertoire of Gaelic songs from a range of Gaelic song genres

■ have an appreciation of the variety of Gaelic song styles

■ understand the varied forms of Gaelic song presentation from the 17th century to present day

■ encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual research, presentation and self-reflection initiatives

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Perform a recital of Gaelic songs in front of a live audience

■ Discuss critically the Gaelic song performance styles

■ Critically assess their repertoire choices and critically reflect on their song performances

■ Outline the most important genres of Scottish Gaelic song styles

■ Give a detailed account of the study of Scottish Gaelic song and performance styles

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.