Research course

Social Sciences

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

Researchers at the University of the Highlands and Islands are conducting studies into the social, legal and economic aspects of rural communities, both in the Highlands and Islands and elsewhere in the world.

Rural Childhood

The Centre for Rural Childhood researches the issues of children worldwide who grow up in a rural environment. It looks at the many aspects of childhood, including health, education, drugs, crime and abuse, all within a rural context. For example projects 'Child Trafficking - Scoping Study' and 'UK Refugee Determination Process – claims from minors'.

Tourism and heritage

Centre for Culture, Heritage and Tourism, based at Perth College UHI, carries out studies and supports organisations to assess and improve the economic impact of tourism and visitor experiences.

ESOL Programme

Following the Scottish Executive strategy paper on future adult ESOL provision and subsequent increase in provision, the NHC lead ESOL Programme will obtain in-depth feedback on the experiences of a group of previous and current students to give a clearer picture on the added (metalinguistic) benefit for students of greater integration within their communities. The research will explore areas of discernible impacts on the lives of migrant workers.

Recreation and Tourism

The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, based at West Highland College UHI, has strong outdoor industry links and works closely with practitioners, landowners and NGO’s to develop and enhance Scottish tourism through a range of knowledge exchange mechanisms.

Remote and Rural studies

Researchers at the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies are addressing the social, economic, environmental and cultural challenges facing remote and rural regions across the globe.

Higher Education models

University Collaboration in Regional Development Spaces (UNICREDS) is a project, funded by the INTERREG IVCprogramme, investigating how different models of higher education can benefit regional economic development.

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

For fee information please see this web page

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600