Taught course

British Studies

University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

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

January, September

Course content

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.

Special features

• 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): Scottish/EU on-site or online £520; Rest of UK on-site or online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits): International on-site £1150, online £820. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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