University of the Highlands and Islands Distance Learning

University of the Highlands and Islands Distance Learning

Online learning

It means you can study an accredited degree from home, from work or even while you’re on the move!Our online learning degrees are delivered entirely by computer and over the internet using the latest in online teaching and multimedia technology, offering you flexibility in your distance learning – no matter what your requirements are or where you are in the world.

Study online with our accredited online learning degrees and join a network of students who also study from home in our virtual university environment. All study materials, teaching and technical support is available online via our Virtual Learning Environment so most of our courses do not require you to attend in person.

Features of Online Learning with us

  • Access to world-class video conferencing facilities
  • Access to an extensive multi-regional online library service
  • 24 hour technical support
  • Connect with a network of other students

Online degrees

Child & Youth Studies

  • BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies
  • BA (Hons) Childhood Practice


  • PgCert Health Leadership and Management
  • BA (Hons) Health Studies
  • MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands
  • MSc Infection Prevention and Control
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Professional Development

  • MSc Leadership and Management
  • CMI Diploma Public Service Leadership

Renewables & Sustainability

  • MSc Developing Low Carbon Communities
  • PDA Renewable Energy Systems
  • BSc Sustainable Development
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Solutions
  • MSc Sustainable Mountain Development
  • MSc Sustainable Rural Development


  • MEd Tertiary and Higher Education
  • MSc Material Culture and Gaidhealtachd History

University of the Highlands and Islands Distance Learning

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for an online learning course with UHI are no different to those of any other University degree programme.You must have the required qualifications or experience in order to be accepted. Entry requirements vary from programme to programme but can be found within the course ‘summary’ tab on every course page.

You must have regular and reliable access to the internet and a computer for any online degree at UHI. Without this you will be unable to take full advantage of our full range of online learning services which include support from your tutors and fellow UHI students as well as access to UHI’s Virtual Learning Environment and vast online learning library.

A few things that you’ll need for effective online study:

  • Basic computer literacy. Although 24 hour support is available to all online learning students, you should feel confident with computers, websites and using the Microsoft Office suite (Word / Excel / Power Point).
  • Self-discipline and organisational skills. You will need these skills to manage your online learning around your other commitments.
  • A space to study. An office at work, a spare room at home, a coffee shop – a space (with internet access) where you can focus on your online learning materials is essential.