Scottish Heritage MLitt

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What is special about this course?

This is an entirely online, interdisciplinary taught postgraduate course delivered by world leading experts in their fields. The course has been developed to attract Scottish, UK and overseas student of Scottish descent or with an interest in Scotland, and those who have businesses with a Scottish theme. 

Special features

  • You are taught by international experts in their fields, including the team at the Institute for Northern Studies
  • You can study completely online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 Honour degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject such as history, business studies, archaeology, literature or ethnology.
  • Applicants with other degrees or relevant qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
  • International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards.


Core modules are:

  • Scotland’s Story 1: Mesolithic to Medieval
  • Scotland’s Voice 1: Language, Literature, and Landscape
  • Scotland’s Customs: Traditional Beliefs and Folklore


Core modules are:

  • Discovering the Past: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research
  • Scotland’s Story 2: Medieval to the Modern Era
  • Scotland’s Voice 2: Music and Song 


To achieve the award of MLitt Scottish Heritage you must complete a dissertation (Institute of Northern Studies portfolio).


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)

You will learn through a combination of online video conference lectures and tutorials via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from you tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time:1 year @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time structured: 2 years @ 10 hours per week

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


Where can I study my course?

  • Orkney College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course, you could consider careers in:

  • Journalism - newspaper and radio in particular
  • Governmental agencies such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Tourism
  • Primary school teaching on completion of a PGDE(P)
  • Secondary school teaching in English and History on completion of a PGDE(S)
  • Community education
  • Adult education

You may also be interested in:

  • Developing an SME
  • Enhancing existing businesses


Can I progress into further study?

Following successful completion of the MLitt, you can progress to PhD study at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and other institutions.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Scottish Heritage MLitt

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.