Scottish Heritage MLitt

What is special about this course?

If you would like the unique opportunity to study Scottish heritage and explore the lived experiences of Scotland's communities then study with us - the only university at the heart of the Highlands of Scotland.

This fully online, interdisciplinary taught postgraduate course is delivered by world-leading experts in their fields and you will be supported throughout by this enthusiastic teaching team.

The course has been developed to attract Scottish, UK and overseas student of Scottish descent or with an interest in Scotland, and those who have businesses with a Scottish theme. 

Special features

  • You will be taught by international experts in their fields, including the team at the Institute for Northern Studies
  • The module content is unique - it is interdisciplinary and is delivered to you from the heart of the communities who created the heritage
  • You can explore your own heritage and interests through field and project work, with unparalleled access to resources and communities across Scotland
  • You will study completely online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject such as history, business studies, archaeology, literature or ethnology.
  • Applicants with other degrees or relevant qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
  • International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards.


Core modules are:

  • Scotland’s Story 1: Mesolithic to Medieval
  • Scotland’s Voice 1: Language, Literature, and Landscape
  • Scotland’s Customs: Traditional Beliefs and Folklore


Core modules are:

  • Discovering the Past: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research
  • Scotland’s Story 2: Medieval to the Modern Era
  • Scotland’s Voice 2: Music and Song 


To achieve the award of MLitt Scottish Heritage you must complete a dissertation.


How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for many 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 and will be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time 

This course is delivered entirely online. You will learn through a combination of online video conference lectures and tutorials via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with full support from your tutors throughout.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time:1 year @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time: 2 years @ 10 hours per week

The number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Orkney College UHI - you will be enrolled through Orkney college UHI and be supported by them and the Institute for Northern Studies

Start date

  • September
  • January


Fees payable for this online postgraduate course depend on your assessed fee status:

2020-21Scottish (SC) and EU (EU)*Rest of UK (RUKO ) and EU (EUO**) International (INTO)**
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,820
2019-20Scottish (SC) and EU (EU)*Rest of UK (RUKO ) and EU (EUO**) International (INTO)**
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £960
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,880
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,760
Masters degree (60 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,640

*EU students with a term-time address in Scotland.

** EU or international students studying from their own country.

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

This course is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course, you could consider careers in:

  • Journalism - newspaper and radio in particular
  • Governmental agencies such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Tourism
  • Primary school teaching on completion of a PGDE(P)
  • Secondary school teaching in English and History on completion of a PGDE(S)
  • Community education
  • Adult education

You may also be interested in:

  • Developing your own business
  • Enhancing existing businesses


Can I progress into further study?

Following successful completion of the MLitt, you can progress to PhD study at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and other institutions.

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