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.
Months of entry
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.
- Full time or part time study is available to suit your circumstances
- Combine two subjects - history and archaeology - in a unique way, towards understanding the past of the Highlands and Islands
- You can study online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), 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
- You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
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.
PgCert: 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:
- 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
- Oral History
- 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
How will I Study
You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
You will be enrolled through the university's Centre for History and will have support from the centre's expert staff and researchers as well as those from the university's Archaeology Institute
This course is available online with support from The Centre for History UHI, Burghfield House, Dornoch, IV25 3HN
How to apply
If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.
Top five reasons to study at UHI
1. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
2. Choice of campuses - from small, rural and island communities, to the busy towns and cities of the region, our 13 friendly, safe campuses offer something for everyone
3. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep
4. Do something different and special - UHI has expertise in a variety of specialist subjects, including: renewable energy; adventure tourism; Gaelic; archaeology; marine science; art and textiles, and more!
5. Flexible learning options mean that you can study part time or full time, online from home or work, or at one of our campuses or local learning centres, and fit your study into your life
Information for international students
If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. Please see our International pages
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.
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
Course contact details
- UHI information Line
- 0845 272 3600