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
Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes
Months of entry
This is the only course of its kind that focuses on studying the history, culture, literature, archaeology and language of the Orkney and Shetland Islands; communities of significant strategic importance through the ages.
Come with us on a journey to explore the islands’ unique culture and heritage, delivered by the prize-winning Centre for Nordic Studies team.
You will be able to progress on to research degrees once you have completed this Orkney and Shetland Studies course and you will have gained valuable personal development skills along the way.
- Unique course content not available anywhere else
- You are taught by local experts in Orkney and Shetland
- We use video conferencing and a virtual learning environment to deliver the course at a distance
- Small class sizes
- You can also choose options in palaeography, creative writing and North Atlantic Rim studies
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
- 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.
- An online induction will be offered at the start of your course.
Core modules are:
- Orkney and Shetland Myths and Origins
- Archaeological Heritage of Orkney and Shetland
- Medieval History of Orkney and Shetland
Core modules are:
- Traditional Customs and Beliefs of the Highlands and Islands
- Modern History of Orkney and Shetland
You will also choose one option module which may include:
- Early Scottish and Norse Literature
- The Orkney and Shetland Tongues
- Orkney and Shetland Literature
- The Language and Paleography of older Scots
- Exploring creative writing
- The North Atlantic World
To achieve the award of MLitt Orkney and Shetland Studies you must complete a research dissertation.
This course is available online with support from 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
An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles. https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international
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 https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements
International students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study with us must be based at Orkney College UHI during their studies. International students undertaking the course from their home country can study online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings.
Fees and funding
*Funding support notice*
Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)
Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
Scholarships relevant to this course are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UHI, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- UHI Information Line
- 0845 272 3600