Taught course

Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures

University of the Highlands and Islands · Creative and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

Please note the first intake is in September 2017 and January 2018. 2:1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in History, Scottish History, Archaeology, Scottish Cultural 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

  • 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.

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:
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.

Maritime Archaeology and Heritage of Northern 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.

Locations: This course is available online with support from The Centre for History UHI, Burghfield House, Dornoch, IV25 3HN

Information for international students

The Highlands & Islands of Scotland are one of the most beautiful regions in Europe, you are able to study and live in an unspoilt, natural environment. Small class sizes mean that you will have a more personal experience of university, and our friendly staff are always available to help.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650, International online £820.

Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation
Scottish online £4680, Rest of UK and EU Online£5850 and International online £7380

For full up to date details and further information on fees and funding options please visit our website

Qualification and course duration


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

Course contact details

UHI information line
0845 272 3600