Orkney and Shetland Studies MLitt
- Unique course content not available anywhere else
- You are taught by local experts in Orkney and Shetland
- We use video conferencing and a virtual learning environment to deliver the course at a distance
- Small class sizes
- You can also choose options in palaeography, creative writing and North Atlantic Rim studies
- 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 disciplines, such as history, human geography and the social sciences, will also be considered
- Orkney and Shetland: Myths and Origins
- Archaeological Heritage of Orkney and Shetland
- Medieval History of Orkney and Shetland
- Early Scottish and Norse Literature
- Historical and Cultural Perspectives of the North Atlantic Rim
- The Orkney and Shetland Tongues
- Traditional Custom, Belief and Folklore of the Northern Isles
- Modern History of Orkney and Shetland
- Orkney and Shetland literature
- The Language and Palaeography of Older Scots
- Exploring Creative Writing
- The North Atlantic Rim Literary Context
- Full time
- Part time (structured)
- Part time (unstructured)
- You will study this course through a combination of video conference seminars and online distance learning through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor
- International students can study via online distance learning through the UHI VLE
- You must attend a two-day induction in Orkney at the start of your course
- Full time (MLitt): 1 year
- Part time structured (MLitt): 2 years
- Primary school teaching on completion of a PGDE(P)
- Secondary school teaching in English or History on completion of PGDE(P)
- Community education
- Adult education
- Journalism – particularly newspaper and radio
- Working for government agencies
- Teaching on this or similar degrees
- Advanced research and vocational diplomas
What is special about this course?
This is the only course of its kind that focuses on studying the history, culture, literature, archaeology and language of the Orkney and Shetland Islands; communities of significant strategic importance through the ages.
Come with us on a journey to explore the islands’ unique culture and heritage, delivered by the prize-winning Centre for Nordic Studies team.
You will be able to progress on to research degrees once you have completed this Orkney and Shetland Studies course and you will have gained valuable personal development skills along the way.
Core modules are:
Option modules include:
Core modules are:
Option modules include:
To achieve the award of MLitt Orkney and Shetland Studies you must complete a research dissertation.
How will I study my course?
How long will my course last?
How much will my course cost?
The following fees apply to our taught postgraduate courses in the academic year 2013-14
Scottish and EU
Rest of UK
on-site and online
|Per module (20 credits)||
|Postgraduate certificate (PgCert)||
|Postgraduate diploma (PgDip)||
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||
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.
What funding can I apply for?
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your Masters course in Orkney and Shetland Studies, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:
Apply for this course
International applicants can apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
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.
Important note: course structure context is indicative only and does not represent a definitive list, in name or in nature, of modules that will be studied in this course, and may vary depending on location of study. Course structure context is subject to change at any time, without prior notice.