University offers two golf Honours degrees

2016 09 Royal Dornoch
• University of Highlands & Islands offer two golf programmes
• Both work in partnership with Royal Dornoch Golf Club
• Graduates have filled roles across the golf industry


Are you interested in forging a career in the golf industry? Well, there’s no better opportunity for you to do just that by studying for a degree at the University of Highlands and Islands.

The university offers two golf-related Honours courses that no other institution in Scotland does – BA (Hons) Golf Management and BA (Hons) Professional Golf.

Golf Management has been running at the university for more than 15 years now, while Professional Golf is the only programme in Scotland that the PGA has partnered with and allows graduates to apply for full membership of the PGA.
"I am excited to see the university expand the courses on offer" - Neil Hampton

Working in partnership with the famed Royal Dornoch Golf Club – the college is located right along the first fairway – the programmes are delivered by industry experts, PGA professionals and coaches to ensure the highest quality of teaching.


The UHI BUCS golf team.
The UHI BUCS golf team.

This summer, 98% of students on the programme were successful in gaining placements across Scotland and further afield and, speaking to the university’s website, Royal Dornoch general manager Neil Hampton has been delighted with the impact the courses have had.

“As the general manager at Royal Dornoch, I am excited to see the university expand the courses on offer which will give many more young people interested in golf the opportunity to make the game their career whether playing, coaching, retailing or administering.
"We want Royal Dornoch to be a big part of this" - Neil Hampton

“We want Royal Dornoch to be a big part of this and encouraging them to enjoy playing golf at Royal Dornoch while studying will help send the best educated and equipped graduates into the market place.”


Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Shona Malcolm, secretary of the PGA in Scotland, said: "The PGA is committed to making a positive contribution to all aspects of golf in Scotland, and places a huge emphasis on developing the professional game.

"Through our exciting new partnership with UHI, the only one of its kind in the country, we not only provide the right educational environment for young PGA professionals, but also open up further opportunities for collaborative working to develop and enhance the game here at the home of golf."

Graduates from the programmes have filled roles across the golf industry, from club managers, PGA Professionals, roles in golf tourism, sports marketing, custom fitting and several positions within national governing bodies like Scottish Golf.

Entry requirements

• 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
• 2 A levels at grade C or above.

For the BA(Hons) Professional Golf, the additional requirements are:

• Handicap requirement of 4.4 or lower for men, and 6.4 or lower for ladies
• A current PVG certificate

University courses :: More information

For more information on the courses available at the University of Highlands and Islands, visit

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