Postgraduate Taught


Interested in studying at masters-level on themes such as Highlands and Islands, Scottish, British, or coastal and maritime history, and from the comfort of your own home?

We have a range of online options available, taught locally from the Highlands and available from anywhere on earth. By enrolling with us - whether on an individual short course (module) or a programme - you will join a cohort that has included, to date, students living locally, nationally, across the UK and Europe, and in countries such as Romania, Kenya, Canada, the US, Australia and China.


In the 2023 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), UHI received a score of 92% for overall satisfaction. This result means that we achieved the highest rating of any Scottish university for the second consecutive year and are ranked third out of the 101 participating institutions across the UK.

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Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Postgraduate Taught Programmes

We offer the following four Masters degrees for study on a full-time, part-time structured or unstructured basis. Students may choose to exit with a PGCert or PGDip, or take a single module for their own interest if they wish.

The latter two programmes are interdisciplinary Masters.

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Postgraduate Taught Modules

Postgraduate Taught Modules

Our Masters degrees and modules offer you the chance to acquire the capacity to write competently at postgraduate level and to reflect critically on major historical controversies and disputes. You will be given the opportunity to undertake your own research aided by world class experts in their own fields.

Core modules run each year, whilst option modules run in rotation and therefore will not be offered every year. The module list below shows some of the modules you may study over the course of your degree. Please contact for further details on which modules will be running in the coming academic year.

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Entry and Fees

Entry and Fees

In order to qualify for the courses you will need an upper second class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in History or a related subject.

If you do not possess these qualifications, a range of options - including bridging modules - are available. Decisions on entry and conditions of entry will lie with the academic team.

Postgraduate loans are available for eligible students on all our Masters programmes. Please see details of fees, funding and how to apply online.

Students can also register for a on a full-time or a part-time basis, for the award of Master of Letters by Research (MLitt), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and, from there, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

If you would like further details about any of our courses, please contact Alison MacWilliam on

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Postgraduate History Studies at UHI

Discover more about our online masters programmes where students join us from all over the world and participate in lively staff-led discussions through our virtual learning environment.

In this video you can find helpful information about Postgraduate study at the Centre for History, including details on:

  • the high degree of flexibility in terms of study load and methods of study
  • specialist subject modules reflecting staff research expertise
  • the development of key skills in historiographical and primary source research

You will also hear from our current history students and graduates and learn about UHI’s innovative teaching techniques – which we have developed over sixteen years.

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Student Testimonial - MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands

Student Testimonial - MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands

I was delighted to graduate from UHI having gained a MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands (Distinction). I studied for four years part time with the Centre for History and enjoyed all of the modules, each of which was interesting and challenging in its own way. Remote learning suited me well as I was able to study in the evenings and at weekends while holding down a demanding full time teaching job. The Centre for History staff were extremely helpful and gave excellent feedback to help me improve my skills and knowledge. I made use of the opportunity for regular video conferencing with my tutors and enjoyed participating in the weekly interactive forums with other students based on that week’s reading. I particularly enjoyed the process of researching and writing my dissertation on the theme of Presbyterian influence on Northern Isles society and culture in the 18th century and managed to complete this successfully despite changing jobs, moving house and going down with Covid weeks before the deadline! I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my study over the next few years as I begin work on my PhD, researching external influences on the social and cultural identity of the Northern Isles in the 18th century, and would thoroughly recommend studying with the Centre for History to anyone interested in furthering their academic journey.

Iain graduated in 2022 with a MLitt History of the Highlands and the Islands 

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