What is special about this course?
At least 55 million people world-wide claim Scots descent. This exciting and unique postgraduate course allows the culture of the Highlands and Islands to be explored wherever you are, whether you are part of the Scots diaspora keen to find out about your heritage or just want to find out more about the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Students will be studying folklore, customs, belief systems, music, song, literary heritage and much, much more. Come and immerse yourself in the lived experience of Highlands and islands communities!
- Unique course content not available anywhere else
- You are taught by international experts in the field, including the team at the Institute for Northern Studies
- We use video conferencing and a virtual learning environment to deliver the course so you can study from anywhere in the world
- Small class sizes
- You can also choose unique options in palaeography, creative writing and the North Atlantic world
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree
- 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as history, archaeology, literature, or ethnology
- Other degree programmes will be considered on an individual basis
- International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards as noted on the international page of our website.
*Funding support notice*
Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)
Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes including:
Core modules are:
- The Gaelic legacy
- The Highlands and Islands story
- Traditional customs and beliefs of the Highlands and Islands
You will choose three option modules which may include:
- Medieval history of Orkney and Shetland
- Exploring creative writing
- Celts and Vikings in the North Atlantic
- Picts: revealing the painted past
- Island governance
- Selling cold islands
- Tour of the Highlands
- Archaeological heritage of Orkney and Shetland
To achieve the award of MLitt Highlands and Islands Culture you must complete a research dissertation.
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will study this course through a combination of video conference seminars and learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor
- International students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study with us must be based at Orkney College UHI during their studies. International students undertaking the course from their home country can study online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings
- All other students can choose to study at Orkney College UHI or Lews Castle College UHI in Stornoway, or from their own location studying online and by video conference in real-time or recordings
- An online induction will be offered at the start of your course
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 1 year @ 20 hours per week
- Part-time structured: 2 years @ 10 hours per week
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:
|Rest of UK |
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£560||£650||£650||£1,340||£960|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,680||£1,950||£1,950||£4,020||£2,880|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,360||£3,900||£3,900||£8,040||£5,760|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,000||£5,850||£5,850||£12,060||£8,640|
|Rest of UK |
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£560||£650||£650||£1,260||£900|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,680||£1,950||£1,950||£3,780||£2,700|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,360||£3,900||£3,900||£7,560||£5,400|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,000||£5,850||£5,850||£11,340||£8,120|
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your Masters course in Highlands and Islands Culture, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:
- Tourism and heritage sector
- School teaching on completion of relevant PGDE qualification
- Community education
- Adult education
- Journalism; particularly newspaper and radio
- Working for local government agencies
- Teaching on this or similar degrees
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress to PhD study at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and other institutions.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.