Taught course

Interpretation: Management and Practice

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

Entry requirements

An Honours degree or above, a Postgraduate Diploma or a professional qualification. Applicants who have an ordinary undergraduate degree, relevant work experience and/or vocational qualifications may also apply.

Entry from UHI undergraduate programmes may be possible.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you are enthusiastic about creating exceptional visitor experiences, this ground-breaking postgraduate course in Interpretation: Management and Practice is for you.

This Masters course is delivered by a team of highly experienced tourism and heritage professionals, academics and researchers at the Centre for Culture, Heritage and Tourism based at Perth College UHI, whose enthusiasm is infectious. Together with experts already engaged in exciting heritage and environmental projects around the world, they will help you to acquire the knowledge and skills required to develop engaging tourism and visitor attractions that will encourage people to discover more about their cultural heritage and the natural environment.

Special features

  • A specifically designed and industry-informed Masters course in interpretation, heritage and tourism
  • Taught by highly experienced professionals, academics and researchers at the Centre for Culture, Heritage and Tourism based at Perth College UHI
  • The course is available to study full time or part time, or online through the the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), enabling you to fit your study around your personal and professional commitments
  • Online video lectures, interviews with practitioners, presentations, industry case studies, e-books and academic articles are complemented by regular scheduled discussions with tutors and fellow students
  • You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree

Where can I study my course?


PgCert: Core modules are: Interpretation: Purpose and Planning; Project Design and Implementation; Communication Strategies and Theories

PgDip: Option modules, of which you must choose three, may include: Interpretive Methods, Media and Design; Interpreting the Natural Environment; Interpreting the Historic Environment; Heritage Education and Engagement; Visitor Studies; Sustainable Tourism; Research Methods and Techniques (core for progression to the MSc)

Msc: To achieve the award of MSc Interpretation: Management and Practice you must complete a research dissertation

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) online: International £820


  • 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

Please see course website

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 - 72 months
distance learning
36 - 72 months
full time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (12000 words)

Course contact details

UHI Information line
0845 272 3600