2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in History, Archaeology, Literature, Philosophy or a related subject from elsewhere in the arts and humanities, either from the University of the Highlands and Islands or from another university, domestically or internationally.
An honours degree in History, Archaeology, Literature, Philosophy or a related subject in the arts and humanities.
Months of entry
The British Studies MLitt is the only interdisciplinary Masters course in British Studies in the UK. It brings together four key disciplines from across the humanities – History, Literature, Philosophy and Archaeology. It allows students to develop their interest in any aspect of British identities, across disciplines and centuries, and offers an excellent foundation for independent research.
You will explore the shifting meanings of Britishness, from the Roman era to the present day, with experts who are highly research active. You will question the ideas of Britishness, how British identities have been written about, the representations and articulations of Britishness; and how British mentalities and identities have been experienced by people from all backgrounds - both in the UK and abroad.
You will be trained in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of identities and in a range of research skills and methodologies, equipping you to pursue doctoral research in a selection of disciplines. You will gain hands-on skills in digital humanities and your dissertation will give you the opportunity to work closely with a range of local museums and archives. You can also gain ‘practical’ academic experience in conference organisation, public speaking, networking and virtual research environments.
On the MLitt British Studies programme you will be taught by academics who played a key part in the university’s recent REF2014 submission - the latest assessment of UK university research quality. Overall, the Centre for History was the highest ranked new History department in the UK.
Over two-thirds of research was rated at 4* and 3* in History and Area Studies, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality. In History and Area Studies, the ‘impact’ of this research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th and 12th respectively throughout the entire UK, with Area Studies coming out top in Scotland.
• 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.
• Interdisciplinary postgraduate training in the Humanities
• Opportunities to work with one of our partners in the region’s heritage sector (Inverness Museums and Galleries, Historic Scotland, Highland Archive Centre)
• Opportunities to participate in the Hub for the Study of British Identities, an online Virtual Research Environment
• Opportunities for Digital Humanities training
• Available in the Highlands and Islands or online from anywhere in the world
• Ideal for students who have undertaken a joint-honours or liberal arts undergraduate degree, but designed in a way to support students who are new to interdisciplinary research or the individual disciplines that form part of this course
• Opportunity to undertake a substantial interdisciplinary research project
• Opportunities to study additional modules from across the Humanities.
PgCert Three core modules (60 credits) from the following:
Imagining the nation
Philosophy and British identity: Adam Smith and the virtues of modernity
Britain begins: archaeological background to British studies
You will choose the remaining core module from those listed in the PgCert plus two option modules which may include:
The British Empire
Britishness and sport
Primary sources in History (MLitt History)
Varieties of History (MLitt History)
An elective from History or other subject area.
MLitt To achieve the award of MLitt British Studies you must complete an interdisciplinary research dissertation
Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA
Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick, ZE1 0PX
The Centre for History UHI, Burghfield House, Dornoch, IV25 3HN
How to apply
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Information for international students
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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 https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements
Fees and 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.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website
Qualification and course duration
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