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Course summary

This unique course, the first of its kind in the UK, focuses on the many uses of the marine resource, how tourism interacts with these and the many challenges of developing sustainable marine and coastal tourism within the wider context of the marine sector and its associated activities. Policies and management strategies to protect the natural capital of our coastal waters and oceans will impact the future of the growing marine and coastal tourism sector, and this BA (Hons) Marine and Coastal Tourism explores the ways in which effective management of tourism development can have positive impacts on the conservation and restoration of the marine environment and deliver the social and economic benefits to host communities. Aspects considered throughout the course will include: activity development; response to climate change; environmental and conservation objectives; the role of coastal communities in the development of tourism; management of customer expectations; and behaviours and analysis of marine sector legislation, from both a UK and international perspective. This integrated, practical programme gives you the opportunity to gain experience and develop personal and leadership skills, as well as gaining National Governing Body awards in activities such as: sailing; powerboating; sea kayaking; surf kayaking; SUP; snorkelling; scuba; and coasteering. Practical sessions also include guiding and interpretation skills and a science-based overview of these environments. The practical elements are supplemented by a programme of guest speakers and visits to shows, events and conferences, giving regular contact with practising sector professionals, as well as field courses and student expeditions, both local and international. You will be ideally placed to get involved in a number of local development projects, working and learning alongside industry professionals. Past examples of this include: working alongside the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, managing a new cruise ship industry at Fort William; Lochaber Snorkel Trail; Sea Trekking initiatives; and the development of a new 40-berth local marina. We are based in Fort William, the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK', one of the finest UK locations for marine and coastal tourism and awarded international recognition as the Argyll Coast and Islands Hope Spot by Mission Blue as an area of outstanding biodiversity and culture. The programme aligns with the latest marine tourism strategy for Scotland, ‘Giant Strides’, which aims to '...grow the value and positively enhance the impact of tourism across Scotland by delivering the very best for our visitors, our people, our businesses, our communities and our environment.' (Outlook 2030). ‘Giant Strides’ also aims to make Scotland ‘… a world leader in 21st century sustainable marine tourism’ and ensure ‘Marine tourism is sustainable and meets changing consumer, workforce, community and environmental needs and expectations, whilst growing the industry’s overall economic contribution to over £500 million by 2025.’ (Giant Strides, 2020).

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Advanced entry to year 2 may be possible with a relevant HNC, or equivalent. Advanced entry to year 3 may be possible with a relevant HND, or equivalent.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

UHI does not use Tariff points, and accepts a range of qualifications. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course.


You may be required to attend an interview

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no element below 5.5
PTE Academic5858 average with 51 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)80Min 80 or above with min 18 in each section

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English in an academic environment and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The minimum English language requirements to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed below:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13980 Year 1
International £13980 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1

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Marine and Coastal Tourism at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) - UCAS