Taught course

History of the Highlands and Islands

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

Entry requirements

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

All BA (Hons) degrees involving Scottish History or History

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This Masters in the History of the Highlands and Islands is the first ever taught postgraduate course to focus on the complex, colourful and often conflict-driven history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from medieval times to the 20th century.

It is a truly interactive course that involves extensive use of primary source material including oral history testimony, archives, newspapers and digitised materials.

You will study a range of subjects that will not only spark your interest and emotions, but may also cause you to begin to question and perhaps even abandon certain stereotypes and cherished myths.

Special features

  • This is the first ever postgraduate course focusing specifically on the history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
  • You can study from a distance online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You will have support from expert staff at the Centre for History throughout your studies
  • Successful students will be able to proceed from undergraduate study, through the MLitt, towards supervised postgraduate PhD level research in History
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree

Where can I study my course?


PgCert: The core module is: Arguments and alternatives: models, interpretations and debates in Highlands and Islands History.

You will also choose two option modules which may 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

PgDip: The core module is: Primary sources in History

You will choose a further two option modules from those listed in the PgCert

MLitt: To achieve the award of MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands you must complete a research dissertation.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) online: International £820


  • Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm

Also see the course website at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/courses/mlitt-history-of-the-highlands-and-islands

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
12-60 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600