Undergraduate 

Gaelic MA/LLB

GAELIC

Explore Scottish Gaelic language and culture through the centuries to the present-day, and develop your Gaelic language skills for the contemporary job market.

You can study Gaelic folklore, song, modern poetry, autobiography and contemporary fiction all through Gaelic, while the University’s Gaelic initiative and the city’s vibrant Gaelic community also provide opportunities to use Gaelic outside the classroom.

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 prose writers such as the pioneering Norman Macleod and the humorous Donald Mackechnie, 17th and 18th-century song (including Iain Lom and Sìleas na Ceapaich), and aspects of linguistics including the use of Gaelic in contemporary Scotland.

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.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

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 language and culture in more depth, mostly through the medium of Gaelic. You will also write a dissertation, researching a relevant topic of your own choosing. 

Programme alteration or discontinuation
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Our international links

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

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements, and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements in first sitting (by end of S5).

We adjust the standard academic and non-academic entry requirements at both S5 and S6 for eligible applicants who complete one of our pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode, are currently living or have spent time living in care. For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes, please see: Access Glasgow.

The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved, by the end of S5, for an offer to be considered. For some degree programmes, offers (either conditional or unconditional) may be made below the standard academic entry requirements. Where a conditional offer is made, the S5 & S6 cumulative requirements detail the grades that would be necessary by the end of S6. Students must also meet any subject and non-academic requirements stated.

The University of Glasgow will accept Highers and/or Advanced Highers toward academic entry requirements. Where Advanced Highers are required this is stated.
For our full SQA Higher Admissions Policy please see: Entry requirements: Scottish Highers

A-levels and International Baccalaureate

The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades the university will accept for entry to this programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

For more information on our A-level admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: A-levels

For more information on our IB admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: IB

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

MA (Hons)

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: One A-level arts, humanities or language subject.

Highers

  • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAA or AAABB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: S5 minimum requirement = ABBB. (These are the minimum Grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications received and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements). Applicants who are made a conditional offer must achieve the Standard S6 Academic Entry Requirements noted below.
  • Standard S6 Academic Entry Requirements: AAAAAB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Higher English AND a Higher humanities OR language subject at grade A/B or B/A.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AABB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

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/social science Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages/social science Higher subjects are listed below:

  • Business Management
  • Cantonese
  • Classical studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Media
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include three HL subjects at 6,6,5 including English AND a humanities subject (or language). While HL6 is preferred for English and Humanities/Language subjects, SL6 will be considered for ONE of the subjects.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [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.

LLB (Hons)

A-levels

Please note that attaining the academic entry requirements below is not a guarantee of an offer since offers are made taking into account academic requirements and a review of the performance in the LNAT and personal statements.

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: A-level English OR GCSE English Literature and Language. LNAT (see below).

Highers

Please note that attaining the academic entry requirements below is not a guarantee of an offer since offers are made taking into account academic requirements and a review of the performance in the LNAT and personal statements.

  • Standard S5 Academic entry requirements (attainment by the end of S5): AAAAA Highers. Must include English. These are the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order to be considered for an unconditional offer, subject to consideration of LNAT score and personal statement. In making unconditional offers preference may be given to where Highers have been obtained in relevant (Arts or Social Science) subjects.
  • Minimum S5 Academic entry requirements (attainment by the end of S5): AABBB Highers. Must include English. These are the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results and subject to consideration of LNAT score and personal statement. In considering the minimum requirements one C can be compensated for (eg AAAAC or AAABC). Applicants who are made a conditional offer are required to achieve the Standard S6 Academic entry requirements noted below.
  • Standard S6 Entry Requirements (attainment by the end of S6): Evidence of academic development by obtaining two Advanced Highers or a mix of Advanced Highers and additional Highers. Grades must be at a minimum of As and Bs. In making offers, preference may be given to where students have obtained Advanced Highers and Highers in relevant (Arts or Social Science) subjects. In cases where applicants attend a school which does not offer relevant Advanced Highers, offers may be made on Highers alone but applicants will be expected to demonstrate academic development in terms of the number of additional Highers taken and grades obtained. Compensation of grades is not made on offers set. It is not possible to specify in advance what conditions will be set when making conditional offers as applications are competitive and offers will depend on a number of factors including the number of applications received, the relative academic qualifications of applicants and performance in the LNAT and personal statements.

International Baccalaureate

Please note that attaining the academic entry requirements below is not a guarantee of an offer since offers are made taking into account academic requirements and a review of the performance in the LNAT and personal statements.

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: English at HL6. LNAT (see below).

Law National Admissions Test (LNAT)

Law National Admissions Test (LNAT): Applicants to all LLB degrees (apart from those applying for the fast track M115) are required to take the LNAT test. The LNAT is run by a consortium of UK universities and comprises a two-hour on-screen test made up of multiple choice (80 minutes) and essay questions (40 minutes). It is designed to assess verbal reasoning skills and command of written English. The test can be taken by applicants at centres throughout the UK and overseas. Information on how to sit the test can be found at: www.lnat.ac.uk.

LNAT deadlines

  • 20 January 2018: UK/EU students
  • 30 June 2018: international (non-EU) students

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

Note

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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* 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:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

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


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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: 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:

MA (Hons)

  • KIS
    Gaelic: Q530
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Archaeology: QV5K
  • 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/English Literature: Q3Q5
  • KIS
    Gaelic/French: QR5C
  • KIS
    Gaelic/German: QR5F
  • KIS
    Gaelic/History: QV5C
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Mathematics: QG51
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Philosophy: Q5V5
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Psychology [*]: QC58
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Scottish History: QV52
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Social & Public Policy: QL54
  • KIS
    Portuguese/Gaelic: 7G4L
  • KIS
    Theology & Religious Studies/Gaelic: VQ56

LLB (Hons)

  • KIS
    Common Law/Gaelic: MQ95
  • KIS
    Scots Law/Gaelic Language: MQ15

[*] Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

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 in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary 2017 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and  available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2017-18 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annu

more information

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2017

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

more information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

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 www.ucas.com 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.

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

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