History & Archaeology of the Highlands & Islands MLitt

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What is special about this course?

This programme brings together the disciplines of history and archaeology through the study of a specific region, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

If you have an interest in developing transferable skills in the study of regional pasts, specifically of the north and west of Scotland, the MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands has been designed for you.

Special features

  • Full time or part time study is available to suit your circumstances
  • You can study online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • Successful students will be able to proceed from undergraduate study, through the MLitt, towards supervised postgraduate PhD level research
  • You will have support from expert staff at the Centre for History and the Archaeology Institute, throughout your studies
  • 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 or Archaeology.
  • If you have an Honours degree in a cognate, or strongly-related subject your application will be considered on an individual basis.


Core modules are:

  • Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
  • Primary Sources in History

Option modules, from which you will choose one from either History or Archaeology, may include:


  • Any available option modules from the MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands. These include but are not limited to:
  • The Clearances
  • The early modern Northern Isles
  • The Lordship of the Isles
  • The Diaspora
  • Gender and the family in the Highlands
  • The seventeenth century Highlands
  • Re(presenting) Highland history
  • Highland sport
  • The practice and theory of oral History


  • Excavation
  • Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic
  • Vikings to VE day
  • Neolithic studies
  • Iron Age in the Atlantic world
  • Early medieval archaeology


You will choose three further modules from those listed in the PgCert, ensuring an even split across the two subjects


To achieve the award of MLitt you must complete a research dissertation in History or Archaeology

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)

How long will my course last?

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

Where can I study my course?

  • Centre for History

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

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 your MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider.  Here is a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:

  • 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

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 & Archaeology of the Highlands & Islands 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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