Highlands and Islands Literature MLitt

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What is special about this course?

This exciting taught postgraduate literature course allows you to study the writers and literatures of the Highlands and Islands, in the communities to which they belong. Trace the footsteps of these inspirational creatives, explore the literary heritage of the area and experience, first hand, the diverse culture of the region.

You will study three main themes throughout the course, namely:

  • landscape and identity
  • the literary and linguistic legacy for the modern period
  • the place of Highlands and Islands literature in the wider context

You will benefit from lectures and seminars by local writers, and the team at the Centre for Nordic Studies. Our small classes will give you a more personal experience of this Masters course in Highlands and Islands Literature.

Special features

  • Lectures and seminars by local writers
  • A creative writing module
  • The chance to study and explore the Highland and Islands at the same time
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree
  • You can attend the course full time or part time or from a distance using our online and video conference technologies, which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 Honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in English Literature
  • Applicants with a 2:1 honours degree in another strongly-related subject will be considered on an individual basis
  • A bridging unit entitled 'A Survey of Scottish Literature' is available for those without an English Literature degree or with non-standard qualifications



  • Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm


Access routes

Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes including:


Core modules are:

  • The Gaelic Legacy
  • Writers and Place
  • Literary Iconographies


Core modules are:

  • Modern Scottish Gothic
  • A Tour of the Highlands

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Exploring creative writing
  • The language and palaeography of older Scots
  • The North Atlantic World
  • The Highlands and Islands Story
  • Traditional Customs and Beliefs of the Highlands and Islands


To achieve the award of MLitt Highlands and Islands Literature you must complete a research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • You will study this course through a combination of video conferenced seminars and learning through 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 years @ 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.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2016-17 Scottish
(inc EU)
Rest of UK
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £520 £520 £650 £650 £1,150 £820
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,560 £1,950 £1,950 £3,450 £2,460
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,120 £3,900 £3,900 £6,900 £4,920
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £4,680 £5,850 £5,850 £10,300 £7,380

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?

Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Orkney College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you’ve successfully completed the MLitt Highlands and Islands Literature course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • School teaching on completion of a relevant PGDE qualification
  • Community education
  • Adult education
  • Journalism
  • Working for government agencies
  • Tourism
  • 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.

Apply for Highlands and Islands Literature MLitt

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should 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.

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