Health and Wellbeing


If you’re passionate about caring for people and making a difference to people’s lives - then a career in healthcare could be for you. The range of jobs within healthcare goes beyond doctors and nurses – there are opportunities for accountants, chefs, software designers and more.

Health and wellbeing

There are 269,900 people currently working in the healthcare in scotland. Between 2021 to 2024, a further ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​28,000 people will be needed to fill job openings.


  • Our BSc Nursing offers exciting placement opportunities in a wide range of hospital and community settings across the NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles areas
  • Our BSc (Hons) Optometry programme – one of only two in Scotland - is aligned to the requirements of the General Optical Council (GOC) and provides clinical placements across all years of study, helping to consolidate learning and enabling early and continuous exposure to real patients
  • You can study our BSc Oral Health Science at state-of-the-art training units at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, Dumfries Dental Centre and Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. On successful completion of the course you will be able to register with the General Dental Council as a dental hygienist and dental therapist
Roma Gibb, BSc Nursing content Roma Gibb

Roma Gibb, BSc Nursing

“ This course has given me all I need to progress into being a registered nurse.  Not only has the degree given me the clinical skills necessary to be a nurse, but the theory and the placements have given me the confidence now to be able to manage my own workload and to be able to manage the variety of situations that can arise in nursing.  Studying with UHI has genuinely been a life changing experience for me, not only have they supported me to become a nurse, but they have supported me on me entrepreneurial journey of developing my healthcare product! ”

Darryl Geegan, BSc Nursing content Darryl Geegan

Darryl Geegan, BSc Nursing

“ Nursing is what I’ve always wanted to do and knowing the fantastic reputation that UHI has for delivering an exceptional nursing programme, I was never in any doubt that I’d stay local and study here. The huge variety of placements in different clinical environments have provided some unique learning opportunities and I’ve been able to work alongside specialist nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and consultants, which has helped me learn much more about their respective areas of expertise. "

Kyle Anderson, BSc Oral Health Science content Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson, BSc Oral Health Science

“ I'm now beginning my last 6 months as a student and am both excited and a little apprehensive of going back out into the world. I wouldn’t have got through the last 3 years had it not been for the support of the teaching and support staff. This university has given me the opportunity to advance my career in a comfortable, relaxed location linking in through VC to the Highlands and Islands. I have loved every part of my 3 years as a student on this course and the university has given me the confidence to know I can do more and be more. ”

Aniéle Viljoen-Steele, BSc (Hons) Psychology content Aniéle Viljoen-Steele

Aniéle Viljoen-Steele, BSc (Hons) Psychology

" I won the Citation for Excellence Award from the British Psychological Society for my dissertation which explored positive psychology and tourism at an outdoor winter festival. By continuing with my PhD studies here, I’m helping to shape this young university’s reputation and contribute to changes that may benefit residents. For the next three years, I will be working on the project: ‘Physical Activity in Older Adults with Visual Impairment.’ The Studentship is funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of developing Scotland’s workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programme with additional part funding from the University of the Highlands and Islands. ”