Research course

Nordic Studies

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

Entry requirements

Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Centre for Nordic Studies is Scotland’s most northerly research centre. We deliver locative based research and teaching in the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland. We aim to place the Scottish Islands and Scottish Highlands in their Nordic and North Atlantic context. We work with other universities in the UK and abroad, heritage agencies and local businesses.

The UHI Centre for Nordic Studies is engaged in interdisciplinary research in, of and for the Highlands and Islands, with an international team of lecturers and researchers that are committed to research of international reach and significance.

As well as scholarly activity, such as gathering new research and writing for leading academic publications, the team also shares their research with a wider public audience through engagement with local and regional community groups and cultural organisations.CNS has been involved in the following funded research projects:

  • 2010 - 2013 the HERA Joint Research Programme funded Assembly Project (TAP) – Meeting-places in Northern Europe AD 400-1500, an international collaborative project investigating the first systems of governance in Northern Europe, co-investigator with the Universities of Oslo, Vienna, and Durham.
  • 2012 - 2013 the AHRC funded Skills Training programme for PhD students and ECRs in the field of Old Norse-Icelandic and Viking Studies, co-investigator with the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Nottingham.
  • 2012 the AHRC funded Orkney and Shetland Dialect Corpus Project - a scoping study to ascertain the feasibility of developing a larger corpus-based project on Orkney and Shetland dialect grammar.
  • 2011 - 2013 the Royal Society of Edinburgh funded Hjaltland Research Network - created to plan a large-scale multi-disciplinary research project into Viking Age Shetland and the North Atlantic, co-investigator with the Universities of Lund, Copenhagen and Edinburgh.
  • 2002 - 2006 the Northern Peripheries Project Northern Heritage consortium, co-investigator with Universities in Scandinavia.

We offer research-led teaching at post-graduate level in the form of five MLitt programmes.

We advise PhD students working on topics such as and intercultural exchange between Shetland and Norway, the Vikings, traditional Shetland boats, Orcadian Identity and Highlands and Islands literature.

Information for international students

UHI is emphatically a student-centred institution where research departments and support services ensure that international students are well integrated academically and socially. International students must have IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.
International students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.

Either by application for Research Council studentships and internally-funded studentships or self-funding.

Please see the University Funding web site here

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Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600