What is special about this course?

This Masters in the History of the Highlands and Islands is the first-ever taught the postgraduate course to focus on the colourful and often conflict-driven history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from medieval times to the 20th century.

It is a truly interactive course that involves extensive use of primary source material including oral history testimony, material from physical and online archives and newspapers. Critical thinking is essential to the topics covered as is a sensitivity to the way history interacts with memory.

You will study a range of subjects that will not only spark your interest and emotions but may also cause you to begin to question stereotypes and cherished myths.

Special features

  • This is the first-ever postgraduate course focusing specifically on the history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
  • You can study from a distance online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You will have support from the expert staff at the Centre for History throughout your studies
  • Successful students will be able to proceed from undergraduate study, through the MLitt, towards supervised postgraduate PhD level research in the history
  • 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 our 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
  • 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

All BA (Hons) degrees involving Scottish history or history


To achieve the award of MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands you must complete a 60-credit research dissertation.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Media, journalism and politics
  • Community or adult education
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Museums and galleries
Program taught in:
  • English

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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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