British Studies MLitt

What is special about this course?

The MLitt British Studies is the only interdisciplinary masters course in British Studies in the UK. It brings together four key disciplines from across the humanities – history, literature, philosophy and archaeology. It allows students to develop their interest in any aspect of British identities, across disciplines and centuries, and offers an excellent foundation for independent research.

You will explore the shifting meanings of Britishness, from the Roman era to the present day, with experts who are highly research active. You will examine a variety of representations and articulations of Britishness, exploring how British mentalities and identities have been experienced by people from all backgrounds - both in the UK and abroad - and questioning the idea of Britishness.

You will be trained in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of identities and in a range of research skills and methodologies, equipping you to pursue doctoral research in a selection of disciplines. You will gain hands-on skills in digital humanities and your dissertation will give you the opportunity to work closely with a range of local museums and archives. You can also gain ‘practical’ academic experience in conference organisation, public speaking, networking and virtual research environments.

On the MLitt British Studies programme you will be taught by academics who played a key part in the university’s REF2014 submission - the latest assessment of UK university research quality. Overall, the Centre for History was the highest ranked new history department in the UK: over two-thirds of research was rated at 4* and 3* in history and area studies, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality. The ‘impact’ of this research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th and 12th respectively throughout the entire UK, with area studies coming out top in Scotland.

Special features

  • Interdisciplinary postgraduate training in the Humanities
  • Opportunities to participate in the Hub for the Study of British Identities, an online virtual research environment (VRE)
  • Opportunities for digital humanities training
  • Available in the Highlands and Islands or online from anywhere in the world
  • Ideal for students who have undertaken a joint-honours or liberal arts undergraduate degree, but designed in a way that also supports students who are new to interdisciplinary research or the individual disciplines that form part of this course
  • Opportunity to undertake a substantial interdisciplinary research project
  • Opportunities to study additional modules from across the Humanities

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 Honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in history, archaeology, literature, philosophy, or a related subject from elsewhere in the arts and humanities

*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

An honours degree in History, Archaeology, Literature, Philosophy or a related subject in the arts and humanities.

PgCert

You will choose three out of the following core modules (60 credits): 

  • British identities
  • Re-imagining the nation: ancient and modern
  • Philosophy and British identity: Adam Smith and the virtues of modernity
  • Britain begins: archaeological background to British studies

PgDip

You will choose the remaining core module from those listed in the PgCert, plus two option modules which may include:

  • Arguments and alternatives in history
  • Introduction to palaeography and languages in North Atlantic history
  • Primary sources in history (MLitt History) 
  • Voices from the past: understanding and using oral history
  • an elective from History or other subject area

MLitt

  • To achieve the award of MLitt British Studies you must complete an interdisciplinary research dissertation

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study this course through weekly interactive video conference seminars, and online via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • You can study this programme from anywhere in the world via distance learning, and will access lectures and video conference tutorial sessions online, in real time or through recordings. Distance learning students will enrol through the Centre for History.
  • You may also enrol and base yourself at one of the listed campuses. Lectures and seminars for students enrolled at a campus will still take place via video conference.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year @ 35 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years @ 17.5 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): 6 years

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in seminars (where relevant) and online class discussion, as well as your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • UHI Centre for History

Start date

  • September
  • January

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), studying this course on-campus or online from their home, the following fees apply:

 

2020-21

2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

2021-22 On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) With scholarship Online study (from home country) With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £1,420 £1,070 £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,260 £3,210 £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,520 £6,420 £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,780 £9,630 £8,820 £6,570

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying on-campus or online, the following fees apply:

  On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) Online study (from home country)
  2020-21 2021-22 2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £1,380 £1,420 £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,140 £4,260 £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,280 £8,520 £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,420 £12,780 £8,820 £8,820<

 

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying full-time for any taught postgraduate course, up to full Masters level, 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 £5,500.

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.

External scholarships and financial support may be available.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The highly developed critical, analytical and communication skills you will acquire through your studies will make you a strong candidate for a wide variety of careers. In addition, your hands-on digital skills will make you an attractive candidate to global enterprises. You may choose a career in:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Community or adult education
  • Museums and libraries
  • Heritage
  • Politics and NGOs
  • the charity sector

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider further study such as a PhD or MLitt by Research at UHI or another institution.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I’ve been able to improve my knowledge of Highland history through the university’s Scottish History degree and now the MLitt British Studies. The more I’ve learned and explored, the more beneficial it has been for my business – so I’m going to keep on learning for as long as I can.

John combines running his own guided tours business, The Hebridean Explorer, while studying part time on our MLitt British Studies.

One of the great strengths of the programme is its emphasis on developing a wide range of academic skills, including training in digital humanities and working closely with Highland museums and archives.

Dr Jim MacPherson, Programme Leader for the MLitt British Studies.

Apply for British Studies MLitt

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

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