British Studies MLitt

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What is special about this course?

The British Studies MLitt is the only interdisciplinary Masters course in British Studies in the UK. It brings together four key disciplines from across the humanities – History, Literature, Philosophy and Archaeology. It allows students to develop their interest in any aspect of British identities, across disciplines and centuries, and offers an excellent foundation for independent research.

You will explore the shifting meanings of Britishness, from the Roman era to the present day, with experts who are highly research active. You will question the ideas of Britishness, how British identities have been written about, the representations and articulations of Britishness; and how British mentalities and identities have been experienced by people from all backgrounds - both in the UK and abroad.

You will be trained in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of identities and in a range of research skills and methodologies, equipping you to pursue doctoral research in a selection of disciplines. You will gain hands-on skills in digital humanities and your dissertation will give you the opportunity to work closely with a range of local museums and archives. You can also gain ‘practical’ academic experience in conference organisation, public speaking, networking and virtual research environments.

On the MLitt British Studies programme you will be taught by academics who played a key part in the university’s REF2014 submission - the latest assessment of UK university research quality. Overall, the Centre for History was the highest ranked new History department in the UK.

Over two-thirds of research was rated at 4* and 3* in History and Area Studies, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality. In History and Area Studies, the ‘impact’ of this research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th and 12th respectively throughout the entire UK, with Area Studies coming out top in Scotland.

Special features

  • Interdisciplinary postgraduate training in the Humanities
  • Opportunities to work with one of our partners in the region’s heritage sector (Inverness Museums and Galleries, Historic Scotland, Highland Archive Centre)
  • Opportunities to participate in the Hub for the Study of British Identities, an online virtual research environment (VLE)
  • Opportunities for digital humanities training
  • Available in the Highlands and Islands or online from anywhere in the world
  • Ideal for students who have undertaken a joint-honours or liberal arts undergraduate degree, but designed in a way to support students who are new to interdisciplinary research or the individual disciplines that form part of this course
  • Opportunity to undertake a substantial interdisciplinary research project
  • Opportunities to study additional modules from across the Humanities

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 Honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in History, Archaeology, Literature, Philosophy, or a related subject from elsewhere in the arts and humanities, either from the University of the Highlands and Islands or from another university, domestically or internationally.

Access routes

An honours degree in History, Archaeology, Literature, Philosophy or a related subject in the arts and humanities.

 

PgCert

Three core modules (60 credits) from the following: 

  • British identities
  • Imagining the nation
  • Philosophy and British identity: Adam Smith and the virtues of modernity
  • Britain begins: archaeological background to British studies

PgDip

You will choose the remaining core module from those listed in the PgCert plus two option modules which may include:

  • The British Empire
  • Britishness and sport
  • Global Scots
  • Primary sources in History (MLitt History) 
  • Varieties of History (MLitt History)
  • An elective from History or other subject area.

MLitt

To achieve the award of MLitt British Studies you must complete an interdisciplinary research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)
  • You will study this course through weekly interactive video conference seminars, and online through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE).
  • Students who choose to study by distance learning will access lectures and video conference tutorial sessions online in real time, or recordings.
  • Students who choose to attend the seminars will enrol at a college campus, while those studying through distance learning will enrol at the Centre for History.

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 1 year
  • Part Time (structured): minimum 2 years 
  • Part Time (unstructured): maximum 6 years.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2016-17 Scottish
on-site
(inc EU)
Scottish
online
Rest of UK
on-site
Rest of UK
online
(inc EU)
International
on-site
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £520 £650 £650 £1,150 £820
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,560 £1,950 £1,950 £3,450 £2,460
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,120 £3,900 £3,900 £6,900 £4,920
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £4,680 £5,850 £5,850 £10,300 £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.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The highly developed critical, analytical and communication skills you will acquire through your studies will make you a strong candidate for a wide variety of careers. In addition, your hands-on digital skills will make you an attractive candidate to global enterprises. You may choose a career in:

  • teaching
  • research
  • media
  • journalism
  • community or adult education
  • museums and libraries
  • heritage
  • politics and NGOs
  • the charity sector

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider further study such as a PhD or MLitt by Research.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for British Studies MLitt

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or 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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