What is special about this course?

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

Whether you live locally, or globally, 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

  • Combine the two subjects of history and archaeology in a unique way, towards understanding the past of the Highlands and Islands
  • 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 the expert staff at the Centre for History and the Archaeology Institute, throughout your studies
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree

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.

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.

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Access routes

Students can progress to this programme from our own degrees in history or archaeology.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Media, journalism and politics
  • Community or adult education
  • Museums and libraries
  • Heritage and tourism
Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated July 25, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 - 6 years
8,640 GBP
Scottish: £5,000 | Rest of UK (inc EU): £5,850 | International: £8,640
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