Leading research and teaching in Gaelic literature, society and culture.

Based in the School of Language, Literature, Film and Visual Culture, our research programmes in Gaelic studies are distinguished for research on Gaelic literature, cultural history and contemporary Gaelic society. Within these themes, we conduct research on topics ranging from the prose literature of the eighteenth century to understanding sociolinguistic change in Gaelic-English bilingual speech communities today. Gaelic as a subject has been taught at the University since the eighteenth century.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MSc or PhD

Our Research

Gaelic studies have long-standing links with other institutions across the university, particularly Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies.

Gaelic research is centred on staff research interests.

Supervisors: Dr Michelle Macleod, Dr Moray Watson.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

International Applicants


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Fees and Funding

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Our Funding Database

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We co-lead the inter-university Soillse research project. This aims to develop research capacity to inform public policy towards the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture.


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Contact Details

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB