Taught course

Highlands and Islands Literature

University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in English Literature. A bridging unit entitled "A Survey of Scottish Literature" is available for those without and English Literature degree or with non standard qualifications If you have an Honours degree in a cognate, or strongly-related subject, your application will be considered on an individual basis.

BA (Hons) Literature; BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature; ◾BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies; And externally from humanities degrees generally

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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 study full time or part time from a distance using our online and video conference technologies, which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • Students, including international students, can study at Orkney College UHI and Lews Castle College UHI in Stornoway, or from their own locations studying online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings
  • An online induction will be offered at the start of your course.

Where can I study my course?


PgCert: Core modules are:

◾The Gaelic Legacy
◾Writers and Place
◾Literary Iconographies

PgDip: 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

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

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): Scottish/EU on-site or online £520; Rest of UK on-site or online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): International on-site £1150, online £820. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation


  • 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

For more information on the University funding options please see http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/courses/mlitt-highlands-and-islands-literature

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
12-24 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600