Highlands and Islands Literature

The University of the Highlands and Islands

12 months
10700 GBP/year
4680 GBP/year
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This exciting postgraduate MA Highlands & Islands Literature allows you to study the writers and literatures of the Highlands and Islands in the communities to whom they belong.

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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 our small classes will give you a more personal experience of 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 study full time or part time from a distance using our online and video conference technologies, which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

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.

Programme Structure


Core modules are:

  • The Gaelic Legacy
  • Writers and Place
  • Literary Iconographies


Core modules are:

  • Modern Scottish Gothic
  • A Tour of the Highlands

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Exploring creative writing
  • The language and palaeography of older Scots
  • The North Atlantic World
  • The Highlands and Islands Story
  • Traditional Customs and Beliefs of the Highlands and Islands


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • 10 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 alternative credits

Masters degree 6 modules (120) + dissertation)


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in English Literature.

  • A bridging unit entitled "A Survey of Scottish Literature" is available for those without an English Literature degree or with non standard qualifications

  • If you have an Honours degree in a cognate, or strongly-related subject, your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10700 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4680 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4680 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • Rest of UK: £5,850


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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