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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!
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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 core module is:
You will also choose two option modules which may include:
To achieve the award of MLitt Highlands and Islands Culture you must complete a research dissertation.
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||£1,260||£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|
|Rest of UK |
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£520||£520||£650||£650||£1,190||£852|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,560||£1,560||£1,950||£1,950||£3,570||£2,556|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,120||£3,120||£3,900||£3,900||£7,140||£5,112|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£4,680||£4,680||£5,850||£5,850||£10,700||£7,660|
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
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
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:
You can progress to PhD study at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and other institutions.
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The Institute for Northern Studies is based in Orkney and Shetland, the northern most part of the UK. Our students come from a variety of places and backgrounds, even from as far away as Canada and Australia. Our exciting, innovative programmes are embedded in the history and culture of our area. These include Viking Studies, Highlands and Islands Culture, Highlands and Islands Literature, Orkney and Shetland Studies and Island Studies.
Dr Andrew Jennings, programme leader for the institute’s masters programmes, is the author of a number of publications on Scottish history, Norse place-names and island studies, and is currently involved in a number of projects, including an international project with the Estonian War Museum.
The diverse range of modules that can be studied as part of the MLitt in Highlands and Islands Culture really reflects the vibrant and varied culture of the Highlands and Islands. The programme allows students to gain specialist insight into areas that particularly interest them, whether this is history, literature, language, or the arts.
Oisín Plumb, lecturer at the Institute for Northern Studies.
Our students have the chance to undertake unique programmes delivered by world leading experts. Their study at both masters and PhD level also equips them with a range of soft transferable skills which makes them very employable in today’s interdisciplinary and digital workplace. We are very much looking to the future as well as the past at the Institute for Northern Studies!
Dr Alexandra Sanmark, Reader in Medieval Archaeology, Institute for Northern Studies.
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.