Taught course

Island Studies

Institution
University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business
Qualifications
MLitt

Entry requirements

2.1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as History, Archaeology, Literature or Ethnology. Other disciplines, such as history, human geography and the social sciences, will also be considered. International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards as noted on the international page of our website.

BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies; BA (Hons) Scottish History; BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology; BA (Hons) Social Sciences; BA (Hons) Archaeology; And externally from humanities degrees generally

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This Masters programme is the only dedicated postgraduate degree in Island Studies in Scotland. It focuses on the study of islands and their communities, both in Scotland and internationally. Delivered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, the MLitt Island Studies gives you the opportunity to explore the islands of the world.

Island communities are often culturally unique, yet by their nature they share many commonalities, sometimes referred to as 'islandness'. As part of the degree you will undertake comparative and multi-disciplinary study of the Scottish islands, however island communities as diverse as the Baltic, the Faroe Islands, the Isle of Man, the Falklands and Canadian islands, will also be integral to you studies, particularly the critical appraisal of insular governance, tourism and autonomy.

Special features

  • Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
  • The first Masters degree in a flourishing and respected field of study and research
  • You will explore the insular identities, achievements, threats and futures of islands communities, in Scotland and worldwide
  • You will study the cultural identity, language, literature and politics of island communities
  • You can study individual modules for personal and professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters
  • You will study this course through a combination of video conferenced seminars and learning through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor.
  • Students, including international students, can study at Orkney College UHI or from their own locations, studying online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings.

Modules

PgCert: Core modules are: The nature of Islandness; The Scottish Islands;

You will also choose an additional module from a range of Centre for Nordic Studies and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig modules, the latter through the medium of Gaelic language.

PgDip: Core modules are: Island Governance; Selling 'Cold' Islands

You will also choose an additional module from a range of Centre for Nordic Studies and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig modules, the latter through the medium of Gaelic language.

MLitt: To achieve the award of MLitt Island Studies you must complete a research dissertation.

Locations
This course is available at Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff

2. Choice of campuses - from small, rural and island communities, to the busy towns and cities of the region, our 13 friendly, safe campuses offer something for everyone

3. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

4. Do something different and special - UHI has expertise in a variety of specialist subjects, including: renewable energy; adventure tourism; Gaelic; archaeology; marine science; art and textiles, and more!

5. Flexible learning options mean that you can study part time or full time, online from home or work, or at one of our campuses or local learning centres, and fit your study into your life

Information for international students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. Please see our International pages

English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): Scottish (inc EU) on-site £520; Scottish Online £520; Rest of UK on-site £650; Rest of UK and EU Online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation
International students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): International on-site £1190; International Online £852. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualification and course duration

MLitt

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

Course contact details

Name
UHI Information Line
Email
info@uhi.ac.uk
Phone
0845 272 3600