MLitt Highlands and Islands Culture (180 credits)

This exciting and unique postgraduate programme allows students to explore the culture and history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Students will be learning about folklore, customs, belief systems, music, song, literary heritage and much, much more.

Core modules are :

  • The Gaelic Legacy (20 credits)
    This module looks at the imaginative world of Gaelic culture through the ages and evaluates its legacy. It will explore dominant ideologies, key texts, and oral literatures. While being taught in translation, it will aim to give students confidence in the pronunciation of Gaelic and an understanding of metrics. It will look forward to the future for Gaelic literary icons.


  • The Highlands and Islands Story (20 credits)
    This module will give a chronological overview of the history, culture, and development of the Highlands and Islands area and analyse their influence on the lives of families and communities in the region.


  • Creideamh and Freuteries: Traditional Custom and Beliefs of the Highlands and Islands (20 credits)
    This module will investigate the range of traditions in custom and belief, both religious and social, ancient and modern, which influence the lives of families and communities in the Highlands and Islands even in this day and age. These beliefs and practices will be placed in their cultural, historical and geographical context


  • Highlands and Islands Voices: Music and Song (20 credits)
    Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the history of music and song of the Highlands from the 9th century to present day. Students will investigate the development, application and significance of the instrumental forces of the Highlands throughout history, including the Highland bagpipes, harp and fiddle. Students will also investigate the development of the form and structure of a range of genres of music of the Highlands, including pibrochs, ballads, folk songs, music for dance and classical music, the relationship between music and language, and the relationship between music and the broader culture of the Highlands.


  • Research Dissertation (60 credits)
    The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of some aspect of material culture and the environment. There is an online UHI postgraduate dissertation handbook for student guidance. The dissertation must consist of original work. It should be informed by the theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise which the participant has developed through other modules and/or in previously accredited learning. It should focus on a theme, topic or issue which is relevant to the subject. The resulting dissertation should not only present and interpret the research findings but also critically evaluate the research design and methodology employed; and identify the outcomes of the research in terms of actual or planned developments and changes.


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Programme entry requirements.

2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as History, Archaeology, Literature, or Ethnology. Other disciplines, such as human geography and the social sciences, will also be considered

International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards as noted on the of our website. is also available.