University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands

Orkney and Shetland Studies

This course focuses on studying the history; culture; literature; archaeology and language of the Orkney and Shetland Islands; communities of significant strategic importance through the ages.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as history, archaeology, literature or ethnology; other disciplines are considered.

Course modules

It is possible to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full Masters degree Modules include: PgCert: Orkney and Shetland: myths and origins; archaeological heritage of Orkney and Shetland; medieval history of Orkney and Shetland; early Scottish and Norse literature; historical and cultural perspectives of the north Atlantic rim; the Orkney and Shetland tongues. PgDip: traditional custom, belief and folklore of the Northern isles; modern history of Orkney and Shetland; Orkney and Shetland literature; the language and paleography of older Scots; exploring creative writing; the north Atlantic rim literary context.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time - 1 years
MLitt Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Online Learning

Key information

University Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0845 2723600