Taught course

Scottish Historical Studies

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

At least a UK 2.1 or equivalent (GPA 3.6 or better) first degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies offers students the opportunity to explore Scotland's long term development over time and to focus on more specific topics of interest under the guidance of renowned experts in the field.

Course highlights

  • Focused attention upon one of three time periods develops the understanding and skills required to pursue independent research.
  • Supplementary classes in Scots, Gaelic, Latin, Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon, French and palaeography are available.
  • Students have the opportunity to pursue more intensive study of the literature of a topic of their choice under the guidance of an expert supervisor.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History. Over two semesters, students complete three compulsory modules and one optional module.

Teaching methods include seminars and fortnightly tutorials. Class sizes range from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed by coursework only; there is no final exam.

Students will spend the final three months of the course focusing on researching and writing the final assessment piece for the MLitt, a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462907