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University of Aberdeen

Gaelic Studies and Geography

UCAS Code: QL57
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Subjects
  • Human & social geography
  • Celtic studies
Student score
84% MED
88% LOW
% employed or in further study
95% MED
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£22k MED
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

For First Year Entry a minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB or 4 AS at AABB. For Second Year Entry a minimum of an A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours plus a further B.

Scottish Highers
AABB

Minimum of 4 Highers at AABB obtained at a single sitting or 3 Advanced Highers at BBB. Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Minimum entry requirement: DDM in related subjects.

International Baccalaureate
32

For entry into First Year, a minimum of 32 points required, including at least 5,5,5 at HL. For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 36 points, including at 6, 6, 6 at Higher level in subject(s) selected.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

Classes concentrate equally on the 4 language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking; in addition, students are given an introduction to Gaelic culture and literature students in third and fourth year have a core of language work, and make personal selections from a range of optional courses which changes from year to year, covering aspects of the literature, culture and history of the Gaelic-speaking community; the course includes study of Scotland's prehistoric environments and the physical processes of landscape development, Scotland's natural resource base and contemporary issues associated with Scotland's changing cities, industries, politics and national identity; in addition, students can choose from over 30 option courses, including overseas field trips to locations such the Alps, Portugal, Russia and the western USA.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
22%
78%

Year 1

24%
76%

Year 2

15%
85%

Year 3

12%
88%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
46%
43%
11%

Year 1

38%
48%
14%

Year 2

23%
73%
4%

Year 3

14%
73%
13%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

75%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

47%

Staff are good at explaining things

86%

Received sufficient advice and support

68%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
18% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
56% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
476 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £22k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors

10%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are two options for geography studies: this one is the human and social geography side (there is also an option for physical geography, a more science-based degree). There is a shortage of social science graduates with really good maths skills, and graduates from these disciplines who have them are in demand from modern industry. An ability to combine good data handling skills with good communication and social skills will really help start your career, and that's something a geography degree with a good stats component can really bring to the jobs market. It's also why unemployment rates for the degree are much lower than average, and a lot of geography graduates start their careers in sought-after jobs in the business and finance industry – so if you take this subject, be sure to take your maths and stats modules.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 88% LOW
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

86%

Feedback on work has been helpful

86%

Feedback on work has been prompt

50%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

71%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
26% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
83% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
430 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

9%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

9%

Graduates who are sales supervisors

8%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
As only a small number of students study this course, these stats refer to both the Gaelic and Celtic languages and study – over a third of the graduates in this area have studied Welsh. Not surprisingly, most graduates go to work in the regions they studied, so these subjects tend to lead to jobs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and salaries reflect that, being a little lower than the graduate average. Graduates from Celtic studies subjects are also quite likely to go into teacher training when they graduate.
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