History MLitt

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What is special about this course?

This online programme provides a broader History award, both thematically and geographically, than our MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands

The MLitt History has been developed in respose to demand from potential students for a broad taught postgraduate programme in History and features modules in, for example, maritime, sport and British history, palaeography and languages of the North Atlantic, as well as historiography. Taught from the Centre for History in the Highlands, the MLitt History is available from anywhere in the world.

Special features

  • The course is taught by a research-active and dynamic team of historians, reflecting staff research expertise
  • Successful students will be able to proceed from undergraduate study of History, through the MLitt, towards supervised postgraduate historical PhD level research
  • You will have support from expert staff at the Centre for History throughout your studies
  • 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 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 the centre's 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


The core module is:

  • Varieties of History

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

  • The British Empire
  • Introduction to Palaeography and Languages for the North Atlantic
  • Britishness and Sport
  • Rivers, ports and Coasts in History
  • The practice and theory of oral History
  • Any option module from the MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands


The core modules is:

  • Primary Sources for History

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


To achieve the award of MLitt History 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 online, with support from expert staff and researchers at the Centre for History and fellow students, via the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE)

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?

  • Centre for History

Start date

  • September
  • January

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?

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

Can I progress into further study?

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

Is there more information available online?

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

What our students, graduates and staff say:

“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 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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