If you want to explore the rich history and culture of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, including the Northern Isles, or to study the history of the Vikings, or islands in general, our exciting, innovative programmes offer many flexible options.

We offer programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level and welcome students from home and abroad - previous students have joined us from Germany, Canada, the States and Australia.


Q&A with Lynn Campbell, BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage Programme Leader


Introduction to the Institute for Northern Studies MLitt programmes with Dr Andrew Jennings

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Fleur Ward

Fleur Ward, originally from Melbourne, Australia, relocated to Orkney to undertake the MLitt Orkney and Shetland Studies. She is now a PhD researcher in the discipline of Island Studies based at the Institute for Northern Studies, Orkney College

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Rebecca Ford

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.