Moray College is based in Elgin, Moray, Scotland and was established in 1971 as Elgin Technical College, under the direct control of the local education authority. It was recognised as, and operated as, a further education college. In 1978 the college's name was changed to Moray College of Further Education.
The Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 was passed to implement reforms discussed in the White Papers 'Access to Opportunity' and 'Higher Education - a New Framework'. Under the provisions of this legislation Moray College of Further Education, along with another 42 Scottish colleges, was transferred from local authority control on 1st April 1993. This process is commonly referred to as 'incorporation'.
At incorporation the name of the college changed to Moray College. In 1997 the college became an active partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands Project (UHIP) and increased its provision of higher education programmes. In April 2001 UHIP became a designated higher education institution known as UHI Millennium Institute (UHI) recognised for funding by the Scottish Funding Council
In February 2011, UHI was granted university title to become The University of the Highlands and Islands.