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History & Archaeology of the Highlands & Islands MLitt

Course Description

This programme brings together the disciplines of history and archaeology through the study of a specific region, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

If you have an interest in developing transferable skills in the study of regional pasts, specifically of the north and west of Scotland, the MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands has been designed for you.

Special Features

Full time or part time study is available to suit your circumstances
You can study online through the UHI virtual learning environment, which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
Successful students will be able to proceed from undergraduate study, through the MLitt, towards supervised postgraduate PhD level research

You will have support from expert staff at the Centre for History and the Archaeological Institute, throughout your studies
You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree

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.



Core modules are: Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands; Primary Sources in History

Option modules, from which you will choose one from either History or Archaeology, may include:
History: Any available option modules from the MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands. These include but are not limited to:
The Clearances; The early modern Northern Isles; The Lordship of the Isles; The Diaspora; Gender and the family in the Highlands; The seventeenth century Highlands; Re(presenting) Highland history; Highland sport; The practice and theory of oral History

Archaeology: Excavation; Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic; Vikings to VE day; Neolithic studies; Iron Age in the Atlantic world; Early medieval archaeology


You will choose three further modules from those listed in the PgCert, ensuring an even split across the two subjects


To achieve the award of MLitt you must complete a research dissertation in History or Archaeology


This course is available at
The Centre for History UHI, Burghfield House, Dornoch, IV25 3HN
Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

Study Options

You will study through supported online learning using the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

You will have support from expert staff and researchers at the UHI Centre for History
You will be registered for individual modules through: Orkney College UHI; UHI Centre for History

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. 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.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. 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.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. 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


Scholarships relevant to this course are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UHI, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate

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

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles. 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 History & Archaeology of the Highlands & Islands MLitt page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Graham Hannaford

3697.jpg “I've really enjoyed the MLitt course. The online/distance teaching works a treat, and the advent of the internet has made such a difference. Apart from actual face to face contact through video-conference - yes, oral presentations are possible from 10,000 miles away - all the lecturers are really quick and helpful in answering email questions, and the resources that are available online are fascinating.” [Graham Hannaford, current taught postgraduate student, UHI Centre for History]


Scottish Saltire for International Students only - No. of awards TBC

Scotland's Saltire Scholarship is a programme of scholarships funded jointly by the Scottish Government and Scottish Universities. The scheme offers 100 awards, each worth £4000 as a contribution towards the tuition fees, for any one year of study, on an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course.Award
£4000 towards tuition fees (for any one year of study)Deadline
The deadline for applications for the 2016/17 scholarships is 1 May 2016 (Midnight BST)Notification of awards
Your university will inform you shortly after the closing date.More information can be found on the Scotland Saltire Scholarship Webpage or you may contact our UHI World team via [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be:
be a national of one of the following countries: Canada, China, India, United States of America
you will have applied to UHI for a place starting in September 2016 or January 2017 and have firmly accepted the offer, either conditional or unconditional before applying
your course must be at an Undergraduate, Masters or Phd level and it must fall into one of the priority subject areas: creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services, renewable and clean energy (see the full list of subjects here)
you must be able to demonstrate that you can meet the costs of living and remaining tuition fees

Application Procedure

To apply please visit the Scottish Saltire Scholarship Webpage

Further Information



Carnegie Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of the Highlands and Islands and should have firmly accepted that offer. Applicants who do not hold an offer of admission by the deadline will not be considered for the award.Criteria
The bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with due consideration also being given to financial circumstances.Selection Procedure
A Selection Committee will meet in June 2016 to review the applications. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £4000


The bursaries will be awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis for a taught postgraduate programme of study at the University of the Highlands and Islands. To be eligible, applicants must;Be Scottish by birth OR
Be of Scottish extraction (have at least one parent born in Scotland) OR
Have received three full years of secondary, further and/or higher education in Scotland

Application Procedure

A completed application form, together with the correct supporting documentation as outlined in Section D of the form, should be received by Michaela Gilmore by the closing date of 31st May 2016 in order to be considered for the award.

Further Information



Bursaries and special funds - No. of awards TBC

Scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries may be available to our postgraduate students, Please check our website for more information.https://www.uhi.ac.uk/other-funding-sources

Value of Scholarship(s)



Various - see webpages

Application Procedure

Please see our website for details of the application process for any relevant funds.

Further Information



University of the Highlands and Islands Alumni Discount - No. of awards TBC

A 10% discount in tuition fee is available to degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands on any of our taught postgraduate courses. The alumni discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any additional costs which may be required to complete the course. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and must be requested before or at the time of paying the first year fee.The alumni discount is not available in conjunction with any bursary or scholarship or combinable with any discounts from the university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount on tuition fees


Degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands are eligible for 10% discount on the relevant tuition fee for any of our taught postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

Eligible degree alumni must request and have confirmation of the 10% tuition fee discount preferably during the admissions process, but certainly prior to payment of fees and/or enrolment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in History or Archaeology.If you have an Honours degree in a cognate, or strongly-related subject your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Course Fees

In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) Online: Scottish/EU £520; Rest of UK £650; International £820. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation

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