The Institute for Northern Studies is a leading research and teaching centre and part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. We are internationally renowned for our innovative postgraduate teaching and research programmes in Orkney and Shetland Studies, Highlands and Islands Literature and Culture, Viking Studies and Islands Studies.
Established in 2007, we operate from three key locations...
in Orkney, Shetland, and at Perth College UHI. We also work closely with both the Orkney College UHI and Shetland College UHI and their associated learning centres and island communities. All of our MLitt programmes are delivered using a mixture of online and video-conferencing, with students studying from Australia, Canada, European locations and across the UK.
As well as teaching, our staff also supervise postgraduate students researching various aspects of the history and culture of the regions of Scotland, with specialisms in archaeology, medieval history, literature and art, placename studies and with the history and culture of the North Atlantic regions. Students can register with the institute for a taught research degree programme on a full-time or a part-time basis, for the award of Master of Letters by Research (MLitt), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and, from there, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Currently our staff are able to offer supervision in the following areas:
- Viking Studies
- Medieval and modern history and culture of the Highlands and Islands
- Links between Scotland and the Nordic world
- The history and culture of the Scottish islands within the North Atlantic region
- Highlands and Islands Literature
- Island Studies
- The languages and dialects of Orkney and Shetland
- Pictish studies