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 Institute for Northern Studies. MLitt students will study two modules in history, archaeology and northern studies, and then complete a dissertation.
This programme 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.
"This masters degree will forever change the way you look at the places where salt water meets the shore." Dr Julie Brown (Professor in English Literature, Clatsop Community College, Oregon, USA).
- Study on the first ever coastal and maritime themed masters programme
- Opportunity to gain new perspectives on the coast and sea
- Support from expert staff at the university’s Centre for History, Archaeology Institute and Institute for Northern 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, where it suits you, in the UK and internationally
- Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters (MLitt) degree
- 2:1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in: history; Scottish history; archaeology; or culture and heritage studies
- Those with degrees in another strongly-related subject will be considered on an individual basis
*Funding support notice*
Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland-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.
- Students can progress from our own degrees in History, Archaeology and Culture and Heritage 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 northern 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 Scotland
- Vikings and Norse in the North Atlantic
- Iron Age Scotland in the Atlantic world
- Neolithic 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 customs 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 which will be taken in any one of the three subject areas of history, archaeology or northern studies.
How will I study my course?
- You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
- 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?
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£650||£900|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,950||£2,700|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,900||£5,400|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,850||£8,120|
|Rest of UK|
|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|
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.
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 £5,500.
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.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider a career in: the coastal and/or maritime heritage sector; teaching; the media; journalism; community or adult education; or museums and libraries.
Can I progress into further study?
You may wish to consider progression to a postgraduate research degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands or elsewhere.
Is there more information available online?
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