Taught course

Music and the Environment

University of the Highlands and Islands · Creative and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

Relevant Honours degree Professional musicians, composers, and creative entrepreneurs with relevant work experience are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

BA (Hons) in Applied Music or Gaelic and Traditional Music or Music Business or Popular Music

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Creative artists make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the creative economy, particularly in rural communities.

The MA Music and the Environment provides a foundation for musicians to develop new paths for creative, entrepreneurial and environmentally responsible endeavours. In addition the course equips musicians to work within their own community, establishing effective and successful contributions to their local economy.

The course focuses on the three distinct but interrelated themes of music performance and creation; the cultural and historical context; and the creative economy and sustainability. Activities during the course encourage and demand the skills of observation, investigation, experimentation, reflection, creation, innovation and design.

Special features

  • Opportunity to work in one of the richest natural and cultural environments in the world with leading musicians and experts in the heritage and historical context
  • Chance to work on real-life work scenarios to develop new works, performances and enterprises in local setting across the Highlands and Islands
  • You will gain key skills and expertise to form complex and compelling artistic works, with a clear understanding of relevant environmental factors
  • You will also acquire skills to create sustainable enterprises and make a contribution to the creative economy and network of other artists in the UK and Europe
  • You will study through a combination of video-conference lectures, online through the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and face-to face through attendance at residentials.

Where can I study my course?


Core modules include:

  • Music and the Environment: Space, Place and People
  • Sustainable Creative Endeavour in Contemporary Society

Plus one option module from a range of music and humanities modules


Core module is:

  • Music Creation and Collaboration

Plus one option module which may include:

  • Research and Music Production
  • Making Music Matter


To achieve the award of MA you must also complete a final project or dissertation

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) online: International £820

Please see the course website

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 33600