Taught course

Island Studies

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

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

  • 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.

Where can I study my course?


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.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


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

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600