Celtic Studies MA

Introduction To Modern Irish GAELIC4010

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Emphasising those aspects of the language which differ most significantly from Scottish Gaelic, this is a basic introductory course for students with a prior knowledge of Scottish Gaelic. The course describes the main differences of spelling, pronunciation, grammar and lexicon between the two languages, and provides students with a basic reading knowledge of Modern Irish.


Two one-hour sessions per week as scheduled on My Campus. This is one of the Honours options in Gaelic and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Ten exercises (including grammar and translation work), one per week. -50%

Examination (120 minutes duration) -50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ provide students with a linguistic description of Modern Irish

■ to emphasise and discuss some of the main differences between Modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic

■ provide students with a basic reading knowledge of Modern Irish

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able:

■ give an account of the linguistic structure of Modern Irish

■ describe some of the major linguistic differences between Modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic

■ translate an unseen passage from Irish to English

■ construct basic sentences in Modern Irish.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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