Taught course

Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures

Institution
University of the Highlands and Islands · Creative and Cultural Industries
Qualifications
MLitt

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in History, Scottish History, Archaeology, Culture and Heritage Studies
  • Those with degrees in another strongly-related subject will be considered on an individual basis.

Students can progress from our own degrees in History, Archaeology and Nordic studies

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The sea has often acted as a highway for people living along adjacent coasts and on islands. Such communities have frequently experienced closer ties with each other than with places further inland. The MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures explores these environments from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course is based on the internationally significant and world-class research of the staff involved and is led by the university’s Centre for History in collaboration with our Archaeology Institute and Centre for Nordic Studies. MLitt students will study two modules in History, Archaeology and Nordic Studies, and then complete a dissertation.

This programme, available from September 2017, will be of interest to those wishing to develop transferable skills with respect to coastal and maritime themes, and to all who wish to pursue further arts and humanities-based research in these areas.

Taught from the Highlands and Islands, the MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures is available to study from anywhere in the world.

Special Features

  • 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.
    • Study on the first ever coastal and maritime themed programme.
    • Opportunity to gain new perspectives on the coast and sea.
    • Support from expert staff at the university’s Centre for History, Archaeology Institute and Centre for Nordic Studies, throughout your studies
    • Study online through the university's virtual learning environment which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
    • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters (MLitt) degree.
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Course Content
PgCert: Core modules are: Primary Sources in History, Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands, From Atlantis to Utopia: the Nature of ‘Islandness’.

PgDip: You will choose one option module from each of history, archaeology and nordic studies which may include:
History:
Rivers, Ports and Coasts in European History;
Maritime Lives: the Scottish Northern Isles during the Early Modern Period;
The Lordship of the Isles;
Introduction to Palaeography and Languages for North Atlantic History;
Varieties of History.

Archaeology:
Maritime Archaeology and Heritage of Scotland;
Vikings and Norse in the North Atlantic;
Iron Age Scotland in the Atlantic World;
Neolithic Studies.

Nordic studies:
From Muckle Flugga to Pladda: the Scottish Islands;
Celts and Vikings in the North Atlantic Rim;
Vikings in the Scottish Islands and the Irish Sea region;
Traditional Custom and Beliefs of the Highlands and Islands;
Medieval History of Orkney and Shetland.

MLitt: To achieve the award of MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures you must complete a research dissertation which will be taken in any one of the three subject areas of history, archaeology or Nordic studies

Locations: 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. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

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. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation
International students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): International online £852. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation

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

MLitt

part time
24 months
block mode
72 months
distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
UHI information line
Email
info@uhi.ac.uk
Phone
0845 272 3600