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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 response to demand from potential students for a broad taught postgraduate programme in history and features modules in, for example, maritime, sport and British history, imperial 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The core module is:
- Varieties of history
You will also choose two option modules which may include but are not limited to:
- British identities
- Introduction to palaeography and languages for the North Atlantic
- Britishness and sport
- Rivers, ports and coasts in history
- Oral history
- Any option module from the MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands
The core module 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 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 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 and supported by staff at the Centre for History.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|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:
|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 status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee 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|
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:
|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.
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?
On completion of this MLitt History, you may wish to pursue a career in:
- 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
Aside from the knowledge of Highlands and Islands history in the larger context of Scottish and world history, my greatest knowledge gain has been in the ability to think critically, deeply and widely about issues, and to write at a level required for publication.
Theresa Mackay studied online from Canada and graduated with distinction from our MLitt History in September 2016. Her studies have led her to her current role as Assistant Professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The ongoing nature of academic research ensures that the Centre for History staff are constantly working to better their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they teach, which are also largely the subjects they themselves research. Students feel the benefit of this in teaching, but more than that, they often contribute to and help develop staff research interests simply through the interaction in which both staff and students are engaged.
Dr Iain MacInnes, Centre for History
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