SAM Heughan joined students for an impromptu burst of the Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond as he received an honorary degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The Outlander star was among a trio of groundbreaking artists from stage, screen and music to be honoured alongside the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Class of 2022 on Thursday.

He joined graduates on the steps of the Renfrew Street venue moments after receiving his honorary degree.

The National: Outlander star Sam Heughan celebrates receiving an honorary degreeOutlander star Sam Heughan celebrates receiving an honorary degree

Actors and RCS alumni Heughan and Ncuti Gatwa, and internationally renowned composer Errollyn Wallen CBE, were recognised with honorary degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s summer graduation.

Heughan is already a BA Acting graduate, and is best known as the star of time-travelling TV drama Outlander and executive producer of Men in Kilts, the travel documentary series.

He is also a New York Times bestselling author as well as an entrepreneur and philanthropist who is the founder of global movement My Peak Challenge and creator of a new ten-year scholarship programme and creative commission at RCS.

More than 300 students graduated across the disciplines of music, drama, dance, production, film and education at the nation’s conservatoire, named one of the world’s top five destinations to study the performing arts in the QS World University Rankings earlier this year.