Highlands and Islands Literature MLitt

What is special about this course?

This exciting taught postgraduate literature course allows you to study the writers and literatures of the Highlands and Islands, in the communities to which they belong. Trace the footsteps of these inspirational creatives, explore the literary heritage of the area and experience, first hand, the diverse culture of the region.

You will study three main themes throughout the course, namely:

  • landscape and identity
  • the literary and linguistic legacy for the modern period
  • the place of Highlands and Islands literature in the wider context

You will benefit from lectures and seminars by local writers, and the team at the Institute for Northern Studies. Our small classes will give you a more personal study experience during this masters course in Highlands and Islands Literature.

Special features

  • Lectures and seminars by local writers
  • A creative writing module
  • The chance to study and explore the Highland and Islands at the same time
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full masters degree
  • You can attend the course full time or part time or from a distance using our online and video conference technologies, which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in English Literature
  • Applicants with a 2:1 honours degree in another strongly-related subject will be considered on an individual basis
  • A bridging unit entitled 'A Survey of Scottish Literature' is available for those without an English Literature degree or with non-standard qualifications

 

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

 

*SPECIAL NOTICE* FUNDING SUPPORT

  • Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm

Access routes

Students can access the programme from a range of our undergraduate programmes including:

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • The Gaelic legacy
  • Writers and place
  • Literary iconographies

PgDip

Core modules are:

  • A tour of the Highlands
  • Modern Scottish Gothic

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Archaeological heritage of Orkney and Shetland
  • Exploring creative writing
  • Medieval history of Orkney and Shetland
  • Picts: revealing the painted past
  • Scotland’s customs: traditional beliefs and folklore
  • Selling cold islands
  • Small island governance
  • The Highlands and Islands story

MLitt

To achieve the award of MLitt Highlands and Islands Literature you must complete a research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered this year. You will study online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor
  • International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must be based at Orkney College UHI during their studies. International students undertaking the course from their home country can study online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings
  • All other students can choose to study at Orkney College UHI or Lews Castle College UHI in Stornoway, or from their own location studying online and by video conference in real-time or recordings
  • An online induction will be offered at the start of your course

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time:1 year @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time structured: 2 years @ 10 hours per week

The number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), studying this course on-campus or online from their home, the following fees apply:

 

2020-21

2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

2021-22 On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) With scholarship Online study (from home country) With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £1,420 £1,070 £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,260 £3,210 £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,520 £6,420 £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,780 £9,630 £8,820 £6,570

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying on-campus or online, the following fees apply:

  On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) Online study (from home country)
  2020-21 2021-22 2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £1,380 £1,420 £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,140 £4,260 £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,280 £8,520 £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,420 £12,780 £8,820 £8,820<

 

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Orkney College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you’ve successfully completed the MLitt Highlands and Islands Literature course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • School teaching on completion of a relevant PGDE qualification
  • Community education
  • Adult education
  • Journalism
  • Working for government agencies
  • Tourism
  • Teaching on this or similar degrees

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to PhD study at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and other institutions.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Doing the MLitt in Highlands and Islands Literature changed my life! As a mature student with a young daughter, I really valued the flexibility of being able to access recordings of lectures, as well as attending face to face tutorials. The quality of the teaching on the course,  along with the support and encouragement I received throughout, gave me the skills and confidence to pursue an academic career. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue my research and stay in Orkney. 

Rebecca Ford is a final year postgraduate research student with the university’s Institute for Northern Studies.

 

The MLitt Highlands and Islands Literature has been universally recommended for its use of global concepts of literature in an area-specific context. It is an ideal programme for students wishing to go on to teacher training.

Professor Donna Heddle, director of the university's Institute for Northern Studies.

 

Apply for Highlands and Islands Literature MLitt

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2021 or Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.