Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures MLitt

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What is special about this course?

The sea has often acted as a highway for people living along adjacent coasts and on islands. Such communities have frequently experienced closer ties with each other than with places further inland. The MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures explores these environments from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course is based on the internationally significant and world-class research of the staff involved and is led by the university’s Centre for History in collaboration with our Archaeology Institute and Centre for Nordic Studies. MLitt students will study two modules in History, Archaeology and Nordic Studies, and then complete a dissertation. 

This programme, available from September 2017, will be of interest to those wishing to develop transferable skills with respect to coastal and maritime themes, and to all who wish to pursue further arts and humanities-based research in these areas.

Taught from the Highlands and Islands, the MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures is available to study from anywhere in the world.

Special features

  • Support from expert staff at the university’s Centre for History, Archaeology Institute and Centre for Nordic Studies, throughout your studies
  • Study online through the university's virtual learning environment which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters (MLitt) degree.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in History, Scottish History, Archaeology, Scottish Cultural Studies
  • Those with degrees in another strongly-related subject will be considered on an individual basis.

Access routes

Students can progress from our own degrees in History, Archaeology and Nordic studies.


Core modules are:

  • Primary Sources in History
  • Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands 
  • From Atlantis to Utopia: the Nature of ‘Islandness’


You will choose one option module from each of history, archaeology and nordic studies which may include:


  • Rivers, Ports and Coasts in European History
  • Maritime Lives: the Scottish Northern Isles during the Early Modern Period
  • The Lordship of the Isles
  • Introduction to Palaeography and Languages for North Atlantic History
  • Varieties of History


  • Maritime Archaeology and Heritage of Northern Scotland
  • Vikings and Norse in the North Atlantic
  • Iron Age Scotland in the Atlantic World
  • Neolithic Studies

Nordic studies

  • From Muckle Flugga to Pladda: the Scottish Islands
  • Celts and Vikings in the North Atlantic Rim
  • Vikings in the Scottish Islands and the Irish Sea region
  • Traditional Custom and Beliefs of the Highlands and Islands
  • Medieval History of Orkney and Shetland



To achieve the award of MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures 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)

You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 1 year
  • Part Time (structured): minimum 2 years
  • Part Time (unstructured): up to 6 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Centre for History

Start date

  • September (first intake 2017)
  • January 2018

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
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.

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?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in the coastal and/or the maritime heritage sector, teaching, the media, journalism, community or adult education, museums and libraries.

Is there more information available online?

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

Apply for Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures 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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