French and Gaelic Studies at Aberdeen gives you the benefits of combining a major modern European language and culture with in-depth study of Scotland’s oldest living language and its origins and culture. You will graduate with language, intellectual and cultural skills, plus a European perspective to make you extremely attractive to employers in many areas of business, arts, education, tourism or media.
French at Aberdeen has an outstanding reputation, gaining the highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in the last national Teaching Quality Assessment. You will add to your growing language skills with courses in contemporary civilisation and culture, Francophone and post-colonial studies, philosophy, history, sociology, linguistics, theatre and most genres and periods of literature from the middle ages to the present day. You will be taught by staff recognised internationally for their research, from Renaissance studies to the politics of culture and difference in contemporary France.
We have been teaching Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) and culture for a hundred years, led by teachers and researchers passionate about Gaelic and whose work directly influences Scottish policy on keeping Gaelic alive, healthy and important in Scotland today. Gaelic at Aberdeen is the ideal combination of tradition, location, programme, quality and inspiring teachers for you as a beginner or native speaker to enjoy exploring Gaelic language, literature and culture and its place in our world today. Our students and staff play an important role in Scotland’s Gaelic-interest community through activities, networks and organisations.
As an integral part of your 4-year programme you will spend half of year three developing your language skills as a teaching assistant or visiting student in a French-speaking country.
Opportunities for graduates fluent in French are very good - as as those for graduates fluent in Scottish Gaelic. Your career options will be wide, including teaching, business and tourism. Gaelic development, arts management and librarianship are all great options and the commitment in Scotland to Gaelic broadcasting also brings graduate opportunities.
About this institute
Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...
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