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What is special about this course?

The sea has often acted as a highway for people living along adjacent coasts and on islands. Such communities have frequently experienced closer ties with each other than with places further inland. The MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures explores these environments from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course is based on the internationally significant and world-class research of the staff involved and is led by the university’s Centre for History in collaboration which our Archaeology Institute and Centre for Nordic Studies. MLitt students will study two modules in History, Archaeology and Nordic Studies, and then complete a dissertation.

This programme will be of interest to those wishing to develop transferable skills with respect to coastal and maritime themes, and to all who wish to pursue further arts and humanities-based research in these areas.

Taught from the Highlands and Islands, the MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures is available to study from anywhere in the world.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Study on the first ever coastal and maritime themed programme.
• Opportunity to gain new perspectives on the coast and sea.
• Support from expert staff at the university’s Centre for History, Archaeology Institute and Centre for Nordic Studies, throughout your studies
• Study online through the university's virtual learning environment which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
• Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters (MLitt) degree.

Modules

PgCert

Core modules are: Primary Sources in History; Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands; From Atlantis to Utopia: the Nature of ‘Islandness'

PgDip

You will choose one option module from each of history, archaeology and nordic studies which may include:
History
Rivers, Ports and Coasts in European History; Maritime Lives: the Scottish Northern Isles during the Early Modern Period; The Lordship of the Isles; Introduction to Palaeography and Languages for North Atlantic History; Varieties of History

Archaeology
Maritime Archaeology and Heritage of Scotland; Vikings and Norse in the North Atlantic; Iron Age Scotland in the Atlantic World; Neolithic Studies

Nordic studies
From Muckle Flugga to Pladda: the Scottish Islands; Celts and Vikings in the North Atlantic Rim; Vikings in the Scottish Islands and the Irish Sea region; Traditional Custom and Beliefs of the Highlands and Islands; Medieval History of Orkney and Shetland

MLitt

To achieve the award of MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures you must complete a research dissertation which will be taken in any one of the three subject areas of history, archaeology or Nordic studies

Locations

This course is available at The Centre for History UHI, Burghfield House, Dornoch, IV25 3HN

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time 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.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top reasons to study at UHI

Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

Visit the Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures MLitt page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!

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