About Us

The University of the Highlands and Islands is an integrated university encompassing both further and higher education.

We are not a traditional university. We are different. We are part of a new breed of tertiary institutions, the only one in Scotland and one of only a few in Europe.

Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

Our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum – all enriched by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands and its communities.

We have 40,000 students at the heart of our university partnership and we are measured by their success. Our curriculum portfolio across both further and higher education is designed to meet current and future local and regional needs and to attract other students to the Highlands and Islands to study.

We're a little different...

The University of the Highlands and Islands gives you the chance to do something different, something special.

We offer a diverse range of courses, many taking advantages of our region's unique environment, landscape and culture.

...but our students like that

The University of the Highlands and Islands stands out from other universities because of its incredible locations. Fort William is home to an active outdoor community and the university feeds directly into this. The lecturers have in-depth knowledge of their subjects and are incredibly helpful. This, alongside the company of like-minded students, has really helped me to develop and grow.

Louise Ferguson, BA (Hons) Marine and Coastal Tourism student

I was impressed with the subject selection; from professional training in techniques such as geophysical surveying to historical subject-specific classes with topics as diverse as the material culture of the Norse, or burial practices. Even greater was the opportunity to apply these techniques and research methods to specific sites around the Orkney Islands.

Ian Clements, MSc Archaeological Practice graduate

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Our values

The university partnership has adopted the following values as the basis on which we will conduct our business and interact with others.

Collaboration - Openness - Respect - Excellence

Collaboration

We will encourage working across organisational boundaries and seek to partner with others in order to provide the best for our students and our communities.

Openness

We will be open in our dealings with each other.

We will be open and welcoming to all who can benefit from what we have to offer.

We will be open to new ideas and new ways of working to achieve our goals.

Respect

We will show respect to each other and to others.

Excellence

We will seek to achieve excellence in everything we do.

Specialise at one of our campuses

We offer you the choice of studying at one of our 13 colleges and research centres, over 70 local learning centres, or online from wherever you are.

Campuses

We are the only university based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and we're a little different - we offer you the choice of studying at one of our 13 colleges and research centres, over 70 local learning centres, or online from wherever you are. Find out about learning centres in your community by visiting our individual campus websites.

Learn online from wherever you are

The university has some of the best online learning technologies meaning you can study many of our courses from home or work, wherever you are in the world.

Go on to achieve great things

Our close connections to local businesses will help you get into the industry you're passionate about. We work closely with employers (including SSE and NHS Scotland) to develop courses to secure your future success.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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The BA (Hons) Adventure Education programme prepares you for a career as a professional educator with a wide range of abilities, responsible for providing safe, authentic ... [+]

What is special about this course?

Adventure Education is fundamental to the modern adventure sector as well as an important area of employment, creating exhilarating outdoor learning experiences for others through the adventurous activity!

The BA (Hons) Adventure Education programme prepares you for a career as a professional educator with a wide range of abilities, responsible for providing safe, authentic, adventurous experiences to help people discover, reflect and develop. You will expand your knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to plan, prepare and lead adventure education activities in potentially challenging and wild places.

Location: flexibility, passion, lifestyle. BA (Hons) Adventure Education is based at the School of Adventure Studies, West Highland College UHI, and is part of the Adventure Pathways Scheme of programmes. You will be based in Fort William, in the hub of the Outdoor Capital of the UK, living and working at the foot of Ben Nevis, in a region that is unique for its rich variety of outdoor opportunities. This gives you access to a diverse and vibrant community of like-minded students, as well as the flexibility to progress into an alternative future pathway such as Adventure Tourism Management or Adventure Performance and Coaching.... [-]

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BA (Hons) Adventure Performance and Coaching brings a unique focus on sports science to the domain of adventure coaching. You will combine the skills and knowledge of the ... [+]

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BA (Hons) Adventure Performance and Coaching brings a unique focus on sports science to the domain of adventure coaching. You will combine the skills and knowledge of the applied sports scientist with those of a modern adventure professional in ever-changing outdoor environments, preparing you to coach and guide the next generation of adventure athletes and participants.

Be part of a rapidly evolving sector, where the demand for healthy active lifestyles has brought about a drive for greater achievements in adventure sports and for the life-enhancing benefits of participation. With over 21 Olympic adventure sports disciplines, adventure sports performance and competition is a global phenomenon, and participants are demanding higher outcomes in their chosen areas, informed by expert coaches and leaders.... [-]

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The BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management focuses on tourism and business practices within the adventure sector, applied in the context of essential, practical, professi ... [+]

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Adventure tourism is the fastest-growing area of the tourism industry and has taken the adventure sector by storm in recent decades, bringing adventurous activity experiences into commercial tourism. New, fresh and continuously developing, our graduates have a fantastic opportunity to become a part of the story of shaping this dynamic sector.

The BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management focuses on tourism and business practices within the adventure sector, applied in the context of essential, practical, professional skills for leadership and safety. Customers expect great service and safe experience that will satisfy their dreams of adventure and adventure travel: you will learn the skills and knowledge to deliver and manage this, with a critical understanding of the ethical and professional values required.... [-]

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Our BA (Hons) Archaeology is closely linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of Scotland but also places all of that within a much broader global context. ... [+]

What is special about this course?

With world-renowned archaeological heritage sites such as Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Camster Cairns and Mousa Broch, what better place could there be to study archaeology than in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland?

Our BA (Hons) Archaeology is closely linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of Scotland but also places all of that within a much broader global context.

The degree will provide you with a detailed understanding of the practice of archaeology. You will also develop your own practical skills in archaeology through hands-on experience and archaeological placements.

You will receive research-led teaching from lecturers engaged in world-class research on projects from the Scottish Islands, the UK and Ireland, to the Atlantic region and Polynesia.... [-]

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The BA (Hons) Golf Management course is based in Dornoch close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club. ... [+]

What is special about this course?

Known as the 'Home of Golf' Scotland's golf industry is worth £1 billion and annually directly contributes £496 million to Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP). Estimates suggest that one in every 125 jobs in Scotland are dependent on golf.

The BA (Hons) Golf Management course is based in Dornoch close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club. It is the first honours degree of its kind in the UK and is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry.

The degree provides a balance of golf-specific and management subjects to give graduates the range of skills necessary to take advantage of excellent employment opportunities. You will have the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on all aspects of managing within a golf context.... [-]

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This degree, unique in Scotland, is part of a partnership between the university and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Based in Dornoch, close to the world-ren ... [+]

What is special about this course?

This degree, unique in Scotland, is part of a partnership between the university and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Based in Dornoch, close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the BA (Hons) Professional Golf is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry and offers the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on coaching and performance.

This degree is recognised by the PGA and graduates gain membership of the PGA (subject to application).

Scotland's golf industry is worth £1 billion and annually directly contributes £496 million to its gross domestic product (GDP). Estimates suggest that one in every 125 jobs in Scotland are dependent on golf.... [-]

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This unique new course is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is designed to produce graduate-calibre aircraft maintenance engineers. ... [+]

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This unique new course is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is designed to produce graduate-calibre aircraft maintenance engineers.

The course meets the requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) category B1 or B2 aircraft maintenance engineering licence syllabus (Part-66). Delivered in conjunction with AST, the oldest aviation training organisation of its type in the world, it provides you with the opportunity to obtain a training certificate in addition to an honours degree. This will reduce the amount of live aircraft work experience you must obtain before applying for a category B, aircraft maintenance engineer licence. Obtaining a category B licence is the first step on the path to becoming a certifying, licensed aircraft engineer, a person responsible for signing-off (certifying) the work carried out on aircraft and their systems and equipment.... [-]

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The BSc (Hons) Forest Management is a highly practical course that will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful forest or arboriculture mana ... [+]

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The BSc (Hons) Forest Management is a highly practical course that will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful forest or arboriculture manager. If you are looking for a rewarding career, where you can provide professional advice to the land-based forestry sector and help secure our forests for future generations to enjoy, then this course is for you.

You will study at the Scottish School of Forestry campus of Inverness College UHI, where you have the option to specialise in either forest management or arboriculture and urban forestry. The degree builds on the industry-recognised HNC/HND in Forestry or Arboriculture and Urban Forestry in the first two years.... [-]

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Study our BSc (Hons) Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI) in Oban and explore the marine realm first hand. You will learn about ma ... [+]

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Are you passionate about our seas and oceans? do you enjoy science? Do you want to study in an area with an enormous wealth of marine and coastal environments at a campus right on the beach?

Study our BSc (Hons) Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI) in Oban and explore the marine realm first hand. You will learn about marine science and technology from world-leading researchers and apply the latest technologies.

The facilities of this long-established and internationally renowned marine laboratory, and the ready access you will have to experts in the field will be a great springboard to success in your future marine science career.... [-]

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Bachelor

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The BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering course is an exciting degree that will equip you with an in-depth engineering knowledge across a broad range of modern aeronautical t ... [+]

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The BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering course is an exciting degree that will equip you with an in-depth engineering knowledge across a broad range of modern aeronautical technologies.

If you have decided on an exhilarating career as an aircraft engineer, this course will provide the knowledge and skills you need to analyse complex aircraft engineering situations and solve aeronautical engineering problems.

The degree is currently going through a re-accreditation process with the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Special features The degree is highly relevant to modern aircraft industries and we have good links with the aviation industry Designed to include a high proportion of practical activities relevant to the topics studied Features non-teaching 'design weeks' that run in each term, which involve finding solutions to practical, 'real-life' engineering problems Entry requirements ... [-]
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Perth College UHI Crieff Road Perth
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Shetland College UHI Gremista Lerwick
Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom
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NAFC Marine Centre UHI Port Arthur Scalloway
ZE1 0XB Scalloway, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Orkney College UHI East Road Kirkwall Orkney
Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
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North Highland College UHI Ormlie Road Thurso
Thurso, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Lews Castle College UHI Stornoway Isle of Lewis
Stornoway, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Highland Theological College UHI High Street Dingwall
IV15 Dingwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Inverness College UHI 1 Inverness Campus Inverness
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Moray College UHI Moray Street Elgin
IV30 Elgin, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI Teangue Sleat
IV44 8RQ Kilbeg, Scotland, United Kingdom
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West Highland College UHI Carmichael Way Fort William
Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI Scottish Marine Institute Oban
Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Argyll College UHI West Bay Dunoon
Dungooley, County Meath, Ireland