History MLitt

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 may feature 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.

Special features

  • The course is taught by a research-active and dynamic team of historians, reflecting staff research expertise.
  • 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.
  • You will develop key skills in researching different types of primary sources as preparation for work in a related field or further study.

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

 

*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.

PgCert

The core modules are:

  • Arguments and alternatives in history (Semester 1)
  • Primary sources in history (Semester 2)

You must complete ONE of these core modules to enable you to exit with the PgCert.  

You must also undertake at least one of the following options during your studies (which can be at this stage, or the next level):

  • Voices from the past: understanding and using oral history (Semester 2) 
  • Introduction to palaeography and languages in North Atlantic history (Semester 2)

You can also choose further option modules (to make a total of three modules overall), which may include:  

  • British identities (Semester 1)
  • Rivers, ports and coasts in history (Semester 1)
  • Royal power, propaganda and performance in early modern Europe (Semester 2)
  • Any option module from the MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands

PgDip

The core modules are:

  • Arguments and alternatives in history (Semester 1)
  • Primary sources in history (Semester 2)

You must complete BOTH of these core modules to enable you to exit with the PgDip.  

You must also undertake at least one of the following options during your studies:

  • Voices from the past: understanding and using oral history (Semester 2) 
  • Introduction to palaeography and languages in North Atlantic history (Semester 2)

You can also choose further option modules (to make a total of six modules overall), which may include:  

  • British identities (Semester 1)
  • Rivers, ports and coasts in history (Semester 1)
  • Royal power, propaganda and performance in early modern Europe (Semester 2)
  • Any option module from the MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands

MLitt

To achieve the award of MLitt History you must complete a 60-credit research dissertation.

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. 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 Scottish Government guidance.
  • 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 have support from expert staff at the UHI 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 UHI Centre for History.

Start date

  • September
  • January

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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this MLitt History, you may wish to pursue a career in:

  • 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

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

Apply for History MLitt

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

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