B.A. On Campus

Gaelic and Traditional Music

The University of the Highlands and Islands

48 months
2360 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music from The University of the Highlands and Islands offers traditional singers and instrumentalists an outstanding education in Gaelic musical heritage within the broader contexts of Gaelic and related studies.


The Gaelic and Traditional Music programme at The University of the Highlands and Islands has a strong practical element where students learn from leading musicians and are given frequent opportunities to perform and record, both at the college and further afield.

You will be based in the heart of the Gàidhealtachd at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI and have the option of studying abroad for a semester in Canada or Ireland in the honours (4th) year.

Special features

  • Study and practice traditional music in the heart of a Gaelic community on the beautiful Isle of Skye
  • Improve Gaelic language skills
  • Develop a range of practical skills for solo and group performances, learning from leading practitioners
  • Deepen your understanding of music within the wider contexts of history and cultural studies with leading specialists
  • Make important professional contacts through a variety of learning opportunities
  • Learn 'hands-on' in an outstanding dedicated recording studio

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Music performance 4 (1:1 lessons, group singing and ensemble classes)
  • Themed production
  • Teaching music
  • Composing and arranging portfolio
  • Recording and producing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, preferably including Gaelic (learners) or Gàidhlig (fluent speakers) at grade B or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • You will be required to attend an interview to assess your Gaelic language skills and an audition to determine your level of musical ability
  • Please contact Admissions at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI for specific information regarding the musical audition requirements for this programme. 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    2360 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2360 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Eu: £1,820


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