Scottish Centre for Island Studies

Scottish Island Studies@ University of the West of Scotland

Scotland and Islands: Postgraduate Study Masters or PhD?

P67 imageInterested in a Masters or in Doctorate Study with a Scottish Island Studies focus?

We welcome enquiries regarding any interest you may have to undertake study with UWS and networked SCIS colleagues in regard of postgraduate degree pathways. Study options are available “on site” across our campus sites  including Ayr, Paisley, Dumfries and London, and ‘remote’, as well as full-time and part-time options are currently available.

Individuals interested in pursuing postgraduate at the University of the West of Scotland research as a  taught Masters with an island studies focus can find more information by using UWS Island Studies in the Subject Header and emailing kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk .

We offer a range of postgraduate study options at University of the West of Scotland  in either as a postgraduate research degrees PhD part-time or full-time, or expanding  your creative practice via our suite of Arts and  Creative Media taught Masters.

Masters Study with SCIS

SCIS island studyThere are a number of exciting opportunities  to undertake an island studies focus in Scotland. The University of the West of Scotland offers range of taught Masters where island studies both informs and be informed by the research and learning focus of island history, culture, economy and environment and undertake an island studies creative focus on a broad range of arts and creative practice for example, creative writing including script development, performance, visual culture, screen media (film, documentary, animation), music, sound production, radio and podcasting.

MA Creative Media Practice 

Contact:  Mr Tony Grace, Programme Leader,  Arts and Media, University of the West of Scotland for further advice on this route. Email: tony.grace@uws.ac.uk

MA Filmmaking

Contact:  Professor Nick Higgins, Programme Leader,  Arts and Media, University of the West of Scotland for further advice on this route. Email: nick.higgins@uws.ac.uk

MA Broadcast Journalism

Contact:  Mrs Elizabeth McLaughlin, Programme Leader,  Arts and Media, University of the West of Scotland for further advice on this route. Email: elizabeth.mclaughlin@uws.ac.uk

PhD Study with a Scottish island studies focus

Doctoral research is also undertaken in association with the centre both at UWS and in partnership with a number of Scottish and international universities.

Current funded doctoral studentships:

Scottish Centre for Island Studies and SAGES Funded PhD Studentship: 2018 – Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in island communities: engaging participatory approaches to inform community decision-making. This studentship is based at the University of Dundee with the Director of Studies Dr Alistair Geddes and will be co-supervised by Dr Kathryn A. Burnett, University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Julianand Dr Alexandre Gagnon, Liverpool John Moores University. This studentship is funded by the Scottish Association for Geosciences, Environment, and Society (SAGES) and University of Dundee.

Julian Sartorius was appointed to this studentship in October 2018 at the University of Dundee. Julian is a post-graduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Contact: j.sartorius@dundee.ac.uk

Past funded doctoral studentships:

PhD studentships funded within the  Scottish Centre for Island Studies, University of the West of Scotland include:

Kirsten MacLeod (2014) Process, Practice and Participation: exploring participatory community based media as an epistemological social process, using an ethnographic, practice led approach. Director of Studies: Dr Kathryn A. Burnett, co-supervisor Mr Tony Grace

Contact: kirstenmac@clara.co.uk  Kirsten currently works at Edinburgh Napier University: more info here.

Rachael Flynn (2017) Points of Departure and a Remembered Edge: Representing Diasporic Cultural Memory of Irish Women through Creative Practice. Director of Studies: Dr Kathryn A. Burnett, co-supervisor Mr Tony Grace

Contact: Rachael.Flynn@uws.ac.uk. Rachael currently works at University of the West of Scotland: more info here.

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