UHI Shetland Subject Area

Follow the list below to see our varied subject areas. 

At UHI Shetland we offer courses from access level to PHD, with a varied curriculum with a range of flexible study options to suit you.

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Energy, Engineering and Construction

  • PDA Carpentry and Joinery
  • SVQ Carpentry and Joinery (SCQF Level 6)
  • HNC Construction Management
  • HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Marine Engineering
  • National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Practice (progression or stand-alone) 
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering: Electrical Maintenance 
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering: Fabrication and Welding 
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering: Mechanical Maintenance 
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Maritime Occupations: Engine Room Rating (sponsored students only) 
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Health and Wellbeing 


Heritage, Humanities and Social Sciences

Heritage, Humanities and Social Science courses provide a comprehensive understanding of society, human interaction, and cultural heritage.

Shetland is renowned for its archaeological significance, at UHI Shetland students can delve into various disciplines, gaining insights into both historical and contemporary issues.

The course offerings include a focus on archaeology, history, culture, literature, criminology, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology, and interdisciplinary studies. See full course listings here:  Heritage, Humanities and Social Sciences  


Maritime, Nautical and Fishing Courses

UHI Shetland offers a wide range of courses in all areas of maritime and nautical studies. Whether you are starting your career in fishing, or looking for further skills and tickets, we cater to your training needs including: 

  • Modern Apprenticeship: Sea Fishing 
  • Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 1
  • Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2
  • Engineer Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 1
  • Engineer Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2
  • Under 16.5m Skippers Ticket 

The Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme 

Further Training/Short Courses

  • Deck Rating to Officer of the Watch (Unlimited)
  • Experienced Seafarer to Engineering Officer of the Watch Programme (Rating to EOOW)
  • Merchant Navy Engineering Officer Cadet Programme
  • Second Engineer - less than 3,000 kW (STCW)
  • MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC) - Part 1 (SC)

Music and Film

We offer a wide range of sound, film, and radio courses in partnership with Shetland Arts. Gain qualifications and skills all while exploring your creativity in these areas. Find out more about Shetland Arts.


Northern Studies (Heritage)

Find out more about Shetland’s Norse heritage with the Institute for Northern Studies. A fascinating range of degree and postgraduate courses are available exploring the history and culture of the Highlands and Islands.

Find out more about the Institute for Northern Studies.

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