History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands MLitt

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.

Whether you live locally, or globally, 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

  • Combine the two subjects of history and archaeology in a unique way, towards understanding the past of the Highlands and Islands
  • 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

 

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish 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.

Access routes

Students can progress to this programme from our own degrees in history or archaeology.

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands (Semester 1)
  • Primary sources in history (Semester 2)

You must complete BOTH modules to enable you to exit with the PgCert. 

You will also choose one history or archaeology option module, which may include any of the following:

History - any available option module from the MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands, which may include:

  • Contemplating the Clearances (Semester 2)
  • Introduction to palaeography and languages in North Atlantic history (Semester 2)
  • Maritime lives: the Scottish Northern Isles during the Early Modern period (Semester 2)
  • The lordship of the Isles (Semester 1)
  • Voices from the past: understanding and using oral history (Semester 2) 


Archaeology

  • Digital analysis in archaeology (Semester 2)
  • Early medieval archaeology (Semester 1)
  • Exquisite islands (Semester 1)
  • Iron Age in the Atlantic world (Semester 1)
  • Neolithic studies (Semester 2)
  • Research and dissertation skills (Semester 2)
  • Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic (Semester 1)
  • Excavation (Semester 2) (Note: you will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence involved)

 

PgDip

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

Please note: if you wish to undertake a dissertation in archaeology, you must take the Semester 2 module ‘Research and dissertation skills’ as one of your archaeology options. 

MLitt

To achieve the award of MLitt you must complete a 60-credit research dissertation in either history or archaeology.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. Practical optional modules will be planned in line with Scottish Government guidance, with the option of delivery by online means if on-site delivery is not possible. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • In addition to your online studies, archaeology modules will have a weekly, two-hour video-conference component.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year @ 35 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years @ 17.5 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 6 years

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and online class discussion and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • UHI Centre for History

You can study this fully online programme from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled through the university's Centre for History and will have support from the centre's expert staff and researchers as well as those from the university's Archaeology Institute.

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2021-22 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £6,570

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £8,820

This course is not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

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 £5500.

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

External scholarships and financial support may be available. For further information on funding see the UHI website.

Additional costs

If students wish to undertake the excavation module, they will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence involved.

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 may wish to progress to further study such as PhD or MLitt by Research at the University of the Highlands and Islands or another institution.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The Centre for History leads on five taught postgraduate degrees. Our students come from a diversity of backgrounds, in terms of age, location and motivation. Our programmes train students in the research methods used by historians and seek to open up a range of new perspectives on local, regional, national, and global themes, from the medieval to the modern.

I bring my own research on Scottish migration to Europe and on coastal history to my postgraduate teaching, while I’ve found that the students, in turn, influence me and give me all sorts of unexpected and welcome new perspectives on my research.

Dr David Worthington, head of the Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands.

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