Health and Wellbeing

People are at the heart of health and wellbeing services and play a significant role in improving the health and wellbeing of communities.

SDS estimate 137,000 people are employed by NHS Scotland.

Gemma MacLennan, BSc Oral Health Science

Gemma MacLennan"One of the highlights of the course was being able to get hands-on with patients after only three months. I also enjoyed our outreach placements in Elgin which gave me a chance to practice my skills in a different environment and prepare me for life outwith the comfort of university. Over the three years of study I saw certain patients on a regular basis and one of the rewarding aspects of this was being able to educate them on the importance and associated benefits of good oral hygiene."

Elizabeth Hope, BA (Hons) Health Studies

Elizabeth Hope"I can choose when I fit my studies in and where I study. I can even study in my local coffee shop over my favourite latte if I want! I absolutely love the freedom this course has given me."

Mhairi Cook, HND Beauty Therapy student

"The course has really helped me understand the fundamentals of beauty therapy and learn new skills that can be applied straight into a job. I have also gained employability skills; understanding of the beauty sector and created new friendships."

The University of the Highlands and Islands is the only university based in our region – Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire. We provide access to undergraduate and postgraduate study and research opportunities through our network of colleges and research centres, offering students a natural, supportive environment during their university studies.

Many of our undergraduate courses are developed in partnership with industry professionals to ensure that our graduates have the skills and experience required by employers. Others capitalise on the unique assets of our region, such as the environment, culture and heritage, and offer progression to research opportunities in these internationally important fields.


With locations spread across the Highlands and Islands, students can choose the university campus that suits. It might be close to home, or offer a course of interest, or there might be something special about a specific location. Students can also choose to create their own campus by studying online, when and where it suits them.

In 2015, 95% of the university’s graduates, who studied with us on a full time basis, entered work or further study (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

View our full range of courses.