For people who have Gaelic or are interested in Gaelic there are a number of options available in Higher Education. There is a range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Some courses are taught entirely through the medium of Gaelic, some concentrate on Gaelic studies, and others have Gaelic elements or elements about Gaelic. Students can do a course on a specific subject area or areas through Gaelic, or can take a course where they learn Gaelic. From Gaelic grammar to Gaelic development, from music, literature, history and teacher training, there are many areas and subjects which can form part of Gaelic Higher Education.

There are courses for people looking to learn Gaelic and there are courses for those wishing to improve and develop their language skills. There are also many courses, which are not connected with a Higher Education institute, for adults who wish to learn Gaelic.

Higher Education courses and degrees are available where Gaelic forms a large part of the course syllabus. In some of those programmes there will be the chance to learn Gaelic as part of the course. There are also courses which are taught entirely through the medium of Gaelic. You will find courses which study literature, history and other subjects associated with Gaelic language and culture. There are courses which teach a subject such as music or media studies through the medium of Gaelic.

Teacher education courses are available for anyone interested in Gaelic teaching in primary or secondary schools, or who is interested in teaching their subject through the medium of Gaelic in secondary schools. Some education centres offer Gaelic units that the SQA have developed under the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

There are a number of research opportunities available in Scotland at post-graduate level in Gaelic and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig offers an MSc course through the medium of Gaelic.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig has made Higher Education a priority in the National Gaelic Language Plan as part of the post-school sector. We recognise the importance of Higher Education as well as the other education sectors, if Gaelic is to survive and grow. Post-school education is not the end of a journey, but the beginning of a new one which goes on and on.

Principal Information



Skills Development Scotland

Scottish Universities

Information from the Scottish Government on universities and colleges

A comparison between Higher Education in Scotland and other countries (A report from the Scottish Government)

Scottish Funding Council

QAA in Scotland – Information on Gaelic teacher training

Information on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

The National Gaelic Language Plan 2012 – 2017

The National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023