Postgraduate research


The Centre for History has a thriving postgraduate community that is the cornerstone of our excellent research environment.

We have great facilities to support you in your research degree. Research students at the Centre benefit from our close relationship with local archives and libraries, including the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness, the Highland Folk Museum and the A. K. Bell Library in Perth. Collections in the region range across local, regional, national and international material; see the interactive map of archives in the Highlands and Islands region.

We also work closely with national collections across Scotland and the UK, including Historic Environment Scotland and the National Museum of Scotland. Research students take full advantage of these connections and you can read more about how our research students do collaborative research with these kinds of cultural and heritage bodies below.

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Postgraduate Research Degrees

Postgraduate Research Degrees

Research students have access to a range of facilities at the Centre, including a dedicated study space, computer and library facilities. Centre for History research students play a full role in the life of the department, including our vibrant seminar series and our annual postgraduate training event - you can read more about this and the exciting research being done by our students below.

Centre for History research students can take advantage of a wide range of training opportunities. Following the Centre’s success in REF2014, we are now part of the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership. In addition to providing funding for PhD studentships (see the ‘Funding’ section), the SGSAH offers an array of exciting research training courses.

The Centre’s research students also receive support from UHI’s Graduate School and Research Office. All postgraduate research students undergo a programme of induction, organised by the Graduate School. Each year, the Graduate School organises a Postgraduate Conference, which provides students with the opportunity to present their research to a university-wide audience. In addition, the Graduate School also offers a range of workshops and training programmes throughout the year and students have access to funds to support travel to archives and conferences. Read the Graduate School's Code of Practice and Privacy Notice.

In the most recent 2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) we scored 85% student satisfaction, placing us fourteenth out of 103 institutions across the UK.

Students can register with the Centre for a research degree programme on a full-time or a part-time basis, for the award of Master of Research (MRes) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

For the PhD, students undertake a research programme leading to the submission of a thesis of a maximum of 100,000 words.

MRes History

For the MRes History, students undertake a research programme leading to the submission of a thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words. The programme is designed for those wishing to do postgraduate research at Masters’ level without undertaking a taught MLitt.

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Funding and Fees

Funding and Fees

The Centre for History is a full member of the Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership. Find out more about their PhD studentships, which provide funding to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Further information on fees and funding can be found on the University’s Graduate School website.

For further information on postgraduate research degrees at the UHI Centre for History, please contact us by email.

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Current Postgraduate Research Students

Current Postgraduate Research Students


Name Thesis title
Siobhán Beatson

Life on the Margins: A socio-economic analysis of the sea loch communities of the northwest Highlands in the sixteenth century. 

Iain Cameron 'Islands on the Edge of Empire': Assessing the Impact of Imperial Influences in Shaping Perceptions of Identity in Northern Isles Society and Culture, c.1700 - c.1850
Alex Dold Intertextuality, Historical Fiction, and Public History in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Novel Series'
Charlotte Evans The daily lived experiences of women in 18th Century Britain
Liz Forrest ‘Shepherds Wanted’: Wester Ross Emigrants to Patagonia, 1880-1930
Pilar Girvan Testing the protest paradigm: exploring everyday forms of resistance in the Highlands and Islands, c. 1780-1930 
Julian Grant People, Place and the North Coast 500
Vicki Jagger Landed elite evangelical women in the north of Scotland during the first half of the n ineteenth century: their networks and identities
Frances Liddle Governance and Diplomacy, the Anglo-Scottish Border, the East and Middle Marches 1489-1560
John Macdonald Gallanan Buidhe Fodhairis: Imperial Gaelic Jacobites, 1746–1763
Oisín Ó Ruacháinn Concepts of Violence in the Early and High Medieval Irish Church
Peter Sandford Protest and resistance studies relating to the anti-tithe campaign in rural North Wales
Maureen Shaw A’ cumail fuachd nam beann dìom – To keep the cold of the mountains from me’: the Textiles of Badenoch in the Eighteenth Century
Stephen Worth ‘Sustainability upon the margins: The fate of small farms on the Grampian Mountains during the Agricultural Improvements of the 18th and 19th Centuries’.
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Completed Postgraduate Research Students

Completed Postgraduate Research Students

Some of the theses below can be found on the British Library EThOS e-theses online service.

Name Thesis topic
Darroch Bratt The Origins and History of Whisky Distilling in the Scottish Highlands and Islands: An Historical and Archaeological Approach
Bob Chambers For want of land: a study of land settlement in the Outer Hebrides, Sky and Rassay between the two World Wars
Wade Cormack Sport and Physical Education in the Northern Mainland Burghs of Scotland, c 1600-1800
Cathel Hutchison Tartan entrepreneurs in nineteenth-century Canada: the importance of a Highland origin in determining their success (MLitt by Research)
Melanie Manwaring-McKay Charles Fraser Mackintosh (1828-1901) and his books: book collecting, bibliomania and antiquarianism in the Victorian Scottish Highlands (MRes)
Joanna Rodgers One Island’s Harvest: Heritage, Diaspora & Ancestral Tourism to Tiree
Linda Ross Nuclear fission and social fusion: the impact of Dounreay Experimental Research Establishment on Caithness, 1954-1966
Aila Schäfer Landscape's Constitutive Role in Transforming the Highlander in the Ossianic Collections: James Macpherson's Highland Tours 1760-1761
Mary Souter Public Health in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland: a Study of Inverness County, 1845-1912
David Taylor A society in transition: Badenoch 1750-1800
Jane Thomas  Salmon in Early Modern Scotland
Darren Tierney Financing the faith: Scottish Catholicism 1772-c.1890