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 the North Atlantic World
You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
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.
Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes including:
BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies
BA (Hons) Scottish History
BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology
BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature
BA (Hons) Social Sciences
BA (Hons) Literature
BA (Hons) Archaeology
And externally from humanities degrees generally
This course is available from or with support from Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
You will study this course through a combination of video conference seminars and learning through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor.
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.
Top five reasons to study at UHI
1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep
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 http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate
How to apply
If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.
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. http://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 http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements
2.1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as History, Archaeology, Literature or EthnologyOther disciplines, such as history, human geography and the social sciences, will also be considered
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): Scottish/EU on-site or online £520; Rest of UK on-site or online £650; International on-site £1150, online £820.