Gaelic and Theology & Religious Studies at Aberdeen combines the advantages of in-depth study of the language, literature and culture of Scotland’s oldest language – as a native speaker or complete beginner – with a fascinating exploration of the origin, function, and meaning of religion, studying and comparing the major religions across the world, and with special focus on Christian faith in historic and contemporary contexts.
We’ve 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.
You’ll learn more about Scotland's oldest living language, and develop your Gaelic skills in a friendly and supportive environment, with opportunities to get involved with northern Scotland’s Gaelic-interest community through clubs, activities, networks and organisations.
In Theology & Religious Studies you’ll gain a sound understanding of the major religious traditions of the world, including their historical development and contemporary importance, with a special focus on Christian faith, life and doctrine in its historical, institutional and contemporary context. You’ll study biblical languages, the history of the church in the west, the Reformation in Scotland, the role of religion in ethical and political debates, and religious aspects of disability.
As a graduate you’ll be highly employable in a wide range of roles including church ministry and administration, media and journalism, public service and Scottish affairs. Opportunities for graduates fluent in Scottish Gaelic are especially good and include teaching, Gaelic development, arts management, and librarianship, and the commitment in Scotland to Gaelic broadcasting creates opportunities for Gaelic-speaking graduates to work in the media.
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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