What is special about this course?
This Masters in the History of the Highlands and Islands is the first ever taught postgraduate course to focus on the colourful and often conflict-driven history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from medieval times to the 20th century.
It is a truly interactive course that involves extensive use of primary source material including oral history testimony, material from physical and online archives and newspapers. Critical thinking is essential to the topics covered as is a sensitivity to the way history interacts with memory.
You will study a range of subjects that will not only spark your interest and emotions, but may also cause you to begin to question stereotypes and cherished myths.
- This is the first ever postgraduate course focusing specifically on the history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
- 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 will have support from expert staff at the Centre for History throughout your studies
- Successful students will be able to proceed from undergraduate study, through the MLitt, towards supervised postgraduate PhD level research in history
- 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 our 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.
- 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
*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.
- All BA (Hons) degrees involving Scottish history or history
The core module is:
- Arguments and alternatives: models, interpretations and debates in Highlands and Islands history
You will also choose two option modules which may include but are not limited to:
- Contemplating the Clearances
- Maritime Lives: the Scottish Northern Isles during the Early Modern period
- The Lordship of the Isles
- Global Scots
- Gender and the family in the Highlands
- The seventeenth century Highlands
- Oral history
The core module is:
- Primary sources in history
You will choose a further two option modules from those listed in the PgCert.
To achieve the award of MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands you must complete a 60-credit research dissertation.
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 have support from expert staff at the Centre for History throughout your course
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 online class discussion and your own time spent on individual study and research.
Where can I study my course?
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£650||£960|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,950||£2,880|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,900||£5,760|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,850||£8,640|
|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|
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 £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
What can I do on completion of my course?
- Media, journalism and politics
- Community or adult education
- Heritage and tourism
- Museums and galleries
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress to PhD study at the University of the Highlands and Islands, or elsewhere.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.