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. In history and area studies, 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.
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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.
An honours degree in history, archaeology, literature, philosophy or a related subject in the humanities.
You will choose three out of the following core modules (60 credits):
You will choose the remaining core module from those listed in the PgCert plus two option modules which may include:
To achieve the award of MLitt British Studies you must complete an interdisciplinary research dissertation.
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:
|Rest of UK |
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£560||£650||£650||£1,260||£900|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,680||£1,950||£1,950||£3,780||£2,700|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,360||£3,900||£3,900||£7,560||£5,400|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,000||£5,850||£5,850||£11,340||£8,120|
|Rest of UK |
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£520||£520||£650||£650||£1,190||£852|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,560||£1,560||£1,950||£1,950||£3,570||£2,556|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,120||£3,120||£3,900||£3,900||£7,140||£5,112|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£4,680||£4,680||£5,850||£5,850||£10,700||£7,660|
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.
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 £5500.
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
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
External scholarships and financial support may be available.
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:
You may wish to consider further study such as a PhD or MLitt by Research.
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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.
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
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