Taught course

History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands · University of the Highlands and Islands

Entry requirements

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

January, September

Course content

This programme brings together the disciplines of history and archaeology through the study of a specific region, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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.

Special features

  • Full time or part time study is available to suit your circumstances
  • 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.

Where can I study my course?


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
  • The practice and theory of oral History


  • Excavation
  • 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

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


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

Course contact details

UHI information Line
0845 272 3600