History of the Highlands and Islands MLitt

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What is special about this course?

This Masters in the History of the Highlands and Islands is the first ever taught postgraduate course to focus on the complex, 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, archives, newspapers and digitised materials.

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 and perhaps even abandon certain stereotypes and cherished myths.

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 will have support from expert staff at the Centre for History throughout your studies
  • Successful students will be able to proceed from undergraduate study, through the MLitt, towards supervised postgraduate PhD level research in History
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree

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 module is:

  • Arguments and alternatives: models, interpretations and debates in Highlands and Islands History.

You will also choose two option modules which may include but are not limited to:

  • The Clearances
  • The early modern Northern Isles
  • The Lordship of the Isles
  • The Diaspora
  • Gender and the family in the Highlands
  • The seventeenth century Highlands
  • Re(presenting) Highland History
  • Highland sport
  • Oral History

PgDip

The core module is:

  • Primary sources in History

You will choose a further two option modules from those listed in the PgCert

MLitt

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

How will I study my course?

  • 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 (MLitt): 1 year
  • Part time (structured) (MLitt): 2 - 3 years
  • Part time (unstructured) (MLitt): 6 years (maximum)

Where can I study my course?

  • Centre for History

Start date

  • September
  • January

Fees

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2017-18   
  Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £852
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,556
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £5,112
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,660

 

2016-17   
  Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £820
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,460
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £4,920
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,380

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

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

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact UHI Centre for History for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to PhD study at the University of the Highlands and Islands

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.

I've really enjoyed the MLitt course. The online/distance teaching works a treat, and the advent of the internet has made such a difference. Apart from actual face to face contact through video-conference - yes, oral presentations are possible from 10,000 miles away - all the lecturers are really quick and helpful in answering email questions, and the resources that are available online are fascinating.

Graham Hannaford, current taught postgraduate student, UHI Centre for History.

Apply for History of the Highlands and Islands MLitt

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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