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Island Studies MLitt

Course Description

This Masters programme is the only dedicated postgraduate degree in Island Studies in Scotland. It focuses on the study of islands and their communities, both in Scotland and internationally. Delivered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, the MLitt Island Studies gives you the opportunity to explore the islands of the world.

Island communities are often culturally unique, yet by their nature they share many commonalities, sometimes referred to as 'islandness'. As part of the degree you will undertake comparative and multi-disciplinary study of the Scottish islands, however island communities as diverse as the Baltic, the Faroe Islands, the Isle of Man, the Falklands and Canadian islands, will also be integral to you studies, particularly the critical appraisal of insular governance, tourism and autonomy.

Special Features

The first Masters degree in a flourishing and respected field of study and research
You will explore the insular identities, achievements, threats and futures of islands communities, in Scotland and worldwide
You will study the cultural identity, language, literature and politics of island communities
You can study individual modules for personal and professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters



Core modules are: The nature of Islandness; The Scottish Islands;
You will also choose an additional module from a range of Centre for Nordic Studies and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig modules, the latter through the medium of Gaelic language.


Core modules are: Island Governance; Selling 'Cold' Islands
You will also choose an additional module from a range of Centre for Nordic Studies and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig modules, the latter through the medium of Gaelic language.


: To achieve the award of MLitt Island Studies you must complete a research dissertation.


This course is available at Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

Study Options

You will study this course through a combination of video conferenced 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.

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. 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

Visit the Island Studies MLitt page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!

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Student Profiles

Scottish Saltire for International Students only - No. of awards TBC

Scotland's Saltire Scholarship is a programme of scholarships funded jointly by the Scottish Government and Scottish Universities. The scheme offers 100 awards, each worth £4000 as a contribution towards the tuition fees, for any one year of study, on an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course.Award
£4000 towards tuition fees (for any one year of study)Deadline
The deadline for applications for the 2016/17 scholarships is 1 May 2016 (Midnight BST)Notification of awards
Your university will inform you shortly after the closing date.More information can be found on the Scotland Saltire Scholarship Webpage or you may contact our UHI World team via [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be:
be a national of one of the following countries: Canada, China, India, United States of America
you will have applied to UHI for a place starting in September 2016 or January 2017 and have firmly accepted the offer, either conditional or unconditional before applying
your course must be at an Undergraduate, Masters or Phd level and it must fall into one of the priority subject areas: creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services, renewable and clean energy (see the full list of subjects here)
you must be able to demonstrate that you can meet the costs of living and remaining tuition fees

Application Procedure

To apply please visit the Scottish Saltire Scholarship Webpage

Further Information



Carnegie Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of the Highlands and Islands and should have firmly accepted that offer. Applicants who do not hold an offer of admission by the deadline will not be considered for the award.Criteria
The bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with due consideration also being given to financial circumstances.Selection Procedure
A Selection Committee will meet in June 2016 to review the applications. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £4000


The bursaries will be awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis for a taught postgraduate programme of study at the University of the Highlands and Islands. To be eligible, applicants must;Be Scottish by birth OR
Be of Scottish extraction (have at least one parent born in Scotland) OR
Have received three full years of secondary, further and/or higher education in Scotland

Application Procedure

A completed application form, together with the correct supporting documentation as outlined in Section D of the form, should be received by Michaela Gilmore by the closing date of 31st May 2016 in order to be considered for the award.

Further Information



Bursaries and special funds - No. of awards TBC

Scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries may be available to our postgraduate students, Please check our website for more information.https://www.uhi.ac.uk/other-funding-sources

Value of Scholarship(s)



Various - see webpages

Application Procedure

Please see our website for details of the application process for any relevant funds.

Further Information



University of the Highlands and Islands Alumni Discount - No. of awards TBC

A 10% discount in tuition fee is available to degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands on any of our taught postgraduate courses. The alumni discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any additional costs which may be required to complete the course. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and must be requested before or at the time of paying the first year fee.The alumni discount is not available in conjunction with any bursary or scholarship or combinable with any discounts from the university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount on tuition fees


Degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands are eligible for 10% discount on the relevant tuition fee for any of our taught postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

Eligible degree alumni must request and have confirmation of the 10% tuition fee discount preferably during the admissions process, but certainly prior to payment of fees and/or enrolment.

Further Information


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. International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards as noted on the international page of our website.

Course Fees

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.

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