UHI has a range of innovative degrees related to sport, leisure and tourism which are particularly suited to the Highlands and Islands local natural environment.
The Scottish tourism sector is experiencing significant growth, with an extra 20,000 jobs created since 2011 and now accounts for one in every 12 jobs in Scotland. Adventure Tourism is worth approximately 34% of all tourism spend and more than a third of adventure tourism businesses are located in the Highland Council area, followed by 12% in Argyll and Bute and 8% in Perth and Kinross.
- Our adventure studies courses offer the chance to be part of a vibrant and active student community of outdoor enthusiasts based in Fort William – within the Outdoor Capital of the UK. They provide work-placement opportunities with many adventure-based businesses and institutions in Scotland and internationally as well as residential field trips, clubs, international expeditions and many other opportunities to enhance your skills and experience in adventure activities
- Our BA (Hons) Golf Management programme has strong industry links with top clubs in the UK and abroad including Royal Dornoch Golf Club, St Andrews Links Trust and Castle Stuart as well as events experience at the Dunhill Links Championships and the Oman Open
- UHI is a Higher Education Associate Partner with CIMSPA and the BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness is a named Associated Course. The partnership also offers many benefits for students studying this course. We are one of only two institutions in Scotland to hold this
Mark Clark, BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management graduate
"I travelled up to Fort William every year to watch the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and ride bikes at the weekends. Once I found out that there was an Adventure Tourism Management degree I moved to study at the West Highland College UHI campus and simultaneously started up my own freelance mountain bike guide business…The area surrounding the college was the main driving factor for me if I am honest, it was a bonus that I could gain an honours degree while living here."
Karla Urquhart, BA (Hons) Sports Management graduate
"I’ve had an excellent experience as a student at Inverness College UHI. I’ve been able to pursue my interest in sports and coaching without having to move away to study. I’ve also been presented with many opportunities to develop other important life skills."
Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 Major Championships
"Royal Dornoch has such a rich history in the landscape of golf, but it also has a legacy in the development of the game, shaping both the next generation of golfers and designers. I fully support the University of the Highlands and Islands, in association with Royal Dornoch, in their efforts to provide education within the golf industry and beyond. I hope you will agree it is in the best interest of the future of this great game."