Interested in studying at masters-level on themes such as Highlands and Islands, Scottish, British, or coastal and maritime history, and from the comfort of your own home?

photo of woman and child, circa 1900For 2017-18, the Centre for History has a range of online options available, taught locally, from the Highlands, and available from anywhere on earth. These are the MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands, the MLitt History, the MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands, and the MLitt in British Studies. The latter two programmes are interdisciplinary Masters', with the MLitt British Studies bringing together four key disciplines from across the humanities – History, Literature, Philosophy and Archaeology (further details are available here). We have recently validated an MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures for delivery from September 2017, of which more here.

By enrolling with us - whether on an individual short course (module) or a programme - you will join a cohort that has included, to date, students living locally, nationally, across the UK and Europe, and in countries such as Romania, Kenya, Canada and Australia. Watch our video introduction.


I decided later in life to finally study what I was passionate about, so I started the MLitt course not really knowing where it might take me. I can now say it has completely transformed my life, resulting in professional opportunities both at home and abroad that I never thought possible. My work in museums, heritage, tourism, and consulting, has been enhanced tremendously and my perspective on what it means to be a global Scot has been forever changed. Studying with students from around the world in the supportive academic community fostered by the UHI Centre for History faculty and staff has provided a rich learning environment and has given me a network I will now have for life. The MLitt is a brilliant course and an excellent experience that I will never forget.

Theresa Mackay, 2016 graduate, MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands


optical mouse on book Several of the modules listed below are available for study in Semester One (September–December) or Semester Two (January–May) and also at the short course level. Please click on the module titles for further details.


  • Primary Sources in History (core module on MLitt History / MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands / MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands)
  • Varieties of History (core module on MLitt History, option on MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands / MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands)
  • Arguments and Alternatives: Models, Interpretations and Debates in Highlands and Islands History (core module on MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands, option on MLitt History / MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands)
  • Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands (core module on MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands, unavailable on other History programmes)

N.B. A full list of core and recommended reading will be supplied to students once enrolled.

Options (MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands)

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Options (MLitt History)


Options (MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands)

  • ‘History of the Highlands and Islands’ option (two modules maximum to be taken from this existing MLitt programme - see above for the bank of relevant modules from which we are offering a shorter list for 2017-18)
  • Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic
  • Vikings to VE Day
  • Neolithic Studies
  • Iron Age Scotland in the Atlantic World
  • Excavation
  • Early Medieval Archaeology


The modules are taught by ‘online distance learning’ allowing shared experiences for all students, wherever they may be located. Participants interact amongst themselves and their lecturers through media such as discussion boards, presentations and podcasts, and they have access to hundreds of primary sources through UHI’s virtual learning environment.

The programmes offer you the chance to acquire a capacity to write competently at postgraduate level and to reflect critically on major historical controversies and disputes. You will be given the opportunity to undertake your own research aided by world class experts in their own fields.

I have received terrific support, advice and encouragement from all the tutors encountered on the MLitt programme. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay is to say that I've been inspired by the course to want to continue studying towards researching and writing a PhD.

Graham Hannaford, 2015 graduate, MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands

In order to qualify for the courses you will need an upper second class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in History or a related subject. If you do not possess these qualifications, a range of options - including bridging modules - are available. Decisions on entry and conditions of entry will lie with the academic team.

Postgraduate loans are available for eligible students on all our Masters programmes. Please see the UHI website for details of fees and funding and to apply online.

Students can also register with the Centre for a on a full-time or a part-time basis, for the award of Master of Letters by Research (MLitt), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and, from there, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

If you would like further details about any of our courses, please contact Alison MacWilliam on and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours during weekdays.