What is special about this course?

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 explore 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 Institute for Northern Studies. MLitt students will study two modules in history, archaeology and northern studies, and then complete a dissertation.

This programme 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.

"This masters degree will forever change the way you look at the places where saltwater meets the shore." Dr Julie Brown (Professor in English Literature, Clatsop Community College, Oregon, USA).

Special features

  • Study on the first-ever coastal and maritime-themed masters programme
  • Opportunity to gain new perspectives on the coast and sea
  • Support from the expert staff at the university’s Centre for History, Archaeology Institute and Institute for Northern 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, where it suits you, in the UK and internationally
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters (MLitt) degree

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in history; Scottish history; archaeology; or culture and heritage studies
  • Those with degrees in another strongly-related subject will be considered on an individual basis

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland-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 from our own degrees in History, Archaeology and Culture and Heritage Studies

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider a career in the coastal and/or maritime heritage sector; teaching; the media; journalism; community or adult education; or museums and libraries.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated September 12, 2019
This course is Online
Start Date
Sep 2020
1 - 6 years
8,640 GBP
Scottish: £5,000 | Rest of UK (inc EU): £5,850 | International: £8,640
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