Taught course

Orkney and Shetland Studies MLitt

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

Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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.

Special features

  • 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.

Where can I study my 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): Scottish/EU on-site or online £520; Rest of UK on-site or online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): International on-site £1150, online £820. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation

Please see the course website

Qualification and course duration


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

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600