Island Studies

Orkney College UHI


Kirkwall, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


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.

You can exit at the end of 12 months with PgCert Island Studies

You can exit at the end of 18 months with PgDip Island Studies

Entry Requirements

2.1 honours degree in a relevant subject, such as History, Archaeology, Literature or Ethnology. Other disciplines will be considered.

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

Culture and Heritage

Libraries and Information Science

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