History of the Highlands and Islands MLitt

Course code V200

What is special about this course?

This online Masters in the History of the Highlands and Islands is the first ever taught postgraduate course to focus on the colourful and often conflict-driven history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from medieval times to the 20th century.

It is a truly interactive course that involves extensive use of primary source material including oral history testimony, material from physical and online archives and newspapers. Critical thinking is essential to the topics covered as is a sensitivity to the way history interacts with memory.

You will study a range of subjects that will not only spark your interest and emotions, but may also cause you to begin to question stereotypes and cherished myths.

Taught from the Centre for History in the Highlands, the MLitt History is available to study from anywhere in the world.

Special features

  • This is the first ever postgraduate course focusing specifically on the history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
  • You can study from a distance online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree.
  • You will develop key skills in researching different types of primary sources as preparation for work in a related field or further study.

Over two-thirds of the research conducted by the university’s Centre for History was rated at 4* and 3*, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality, in REF2014 - the latest assessment of UK university research. The ‘Impact’ of our research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th, higher than Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. We are also the highest ranked new history department in the UK.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 Honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in history
  • If you have an honours degree in a cognate, or strongly-related subject your application will be considered on an individual basis

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

 

Access routes

  • All BA (Hons) degrees involving Scottish history or history

PgCert

The core modules are:

  • Arguments and alternatives in history (Semester 1)
  • Primary sources in history (Semester 2)

You must complete ONE of these to two core modules to enable you to exit with the PgCert.  

You must also undertake at least one of the following options during your studies (which can be at this stage, or the next level):

  • Introduction to palaeography and languages in North Atlantic history (Semester 2)
  • Voices from the past: understanding and using oral history (Semester 2) 

You can also choose further option modules (to make a total of three modules overall), which may include:  

  • Contemplating the Clearances (Semester 2)
  • Lordship of the Isles (Semester 1)
  • Maritime lives: the Scottish Northern Isles during the Early Modern period (Semester 2)
  • Rivers, ports and coasts in history (Semester 1)
  • Any option module from the MLitt History  

PgDip

The core modules are:

  • Arguments and alternatives in history (Semester 1)
  • Primary sources in history (Semester 2)

You must complete BOTH of these core modules to enable you to exit with the PgDip.  

You must also undertake at least one of the following options during your studies:

  • Voices from the past: understanding and using oral history (Semester 2) 
  • Introduction to palaeography and languages in North Atlantic history (Semester 2)

You can also choose further option modules (to make a total of six modules overall), which may include:

  • Contemplating the Clearances (Semester 2)
  • Lordship of the Isles (Semester 1)
  • Maritime lives: the Scottish Northern Isles during the early modern period (Semester 2)
  • Rivers, ports and coasts in history (Semester 1)
  • Any option module from the MLitt History  

MLitt

To achieve the award of MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands you must complete a 60-credit research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year @ 35 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years @ 17.5 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 6 years

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • UHI Centre for History - you can study this fully online programme from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at the UHI Centre for History.

Start date

  • September
  • January

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2021-22 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £6,570

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £8,820

This course is not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

External scholarships and financial support may be available. For further information on funding see the UHI website.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands, you may wish to pursue a career in:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Media, journalism and politics
  • Community or adult education
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Museums and galleries

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress to further study such as PhD or MLitt by Research at the University of the Highlands and Islands or another institution.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Studying with students from around the world in the supportive academic community fostered by the Centre for History has provided a rich learning environment and has given me a network I will now have for life.

Theresa Mackay, MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands student.

My research immerses me in the epic changes in religion, education, the family, settlement patterns and migration which defined the early nineteenth century Highlands. I especially enjoy collaborating with local communities to explore the roots of these shifts and how their effects resonate today. Through the MLitt and PhD programmes it is tremendously exciting to encourage and to learn from students as they delve into their own research.

Dr Elizabeth Ritchie, Centre for History.

Apply for History of the Highlands and Islands MLitt

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

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