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Scottish History, M.Litt.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #302 (QS) Online
Deepen your understanding of Scotland's history and heritage from home. This Scottish History course from University of Dundee gives you skills and access to research in Scottish historical studies.


Delivered in an interactive online environment, this course is designed to provide students who cannot attend a fulltime postgraduate degree course in Scottish History with an opportunity to develop research skills and an understanding of the major topics and historiography of Scottish history.

This Scottish History course from University of Dundee builds upon the current expertise within the History programme at Dundee to provide an integrated programme of study including research skills, a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of Scottish History and historiography, and the chance through independent research to make a contribution to the development of Scottish history.

You will learn about:

  • Debates and Issues in Scottish History from the sixteenth century to the present
  • How to use the main sources available to historians of Scotland
  • The Union of 1603 and the Covenanters
  • The Scottish Reformation: Politics and Society
  • The Union of 1707
  • Jacobite risings
  • Scottish Identity and Culture
  • ‘The ‘Highland Question’: Clearance and Improvement
  • Health and welfare in the Highlands
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Landscape and Environment
  • Scotland and Empire


Students who take this course will gain a solid foundation from which they can proceed to doctoral research.

However, due to the non-vocational nature of a History degree many students also enter jobs unrelated to their course of study. 

For these students this course provides them with an opportunity to further develop their written presentation skills, as well as the ability to work independently and plan independent research and study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Debates and Issues in Scottish History: Sources, Interpretations and Arguments
  • Scottish National Identities Since 1807
  • Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Scotland
  • Health, Politics and Society in the Scottish Highlands, 1840-1945
  • Scotland in the Age of Mary Queen of Scots
  • War, Empire and Society: Scotland c. 1870-1922
  • Scotland: Land and People
  • Kingship, the Kingdom, and Identity: Scotland in the Thirteenth Century (Distance Learning)


            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Part-time
              • Average part-time duration 12 months
              • Intensity Flexible
              • Duration description
                12 months - 5 years
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode

            English Language Requirements

            You need the following IELTS score:

            • Minimum required score:


              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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            Academic Requirements

            You need the following GPA score:

            Required score: Upper Second Class

            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

            General Requirements

            Students will normally be expected to have a good undergraduate degree (2:1 or similar standard) in History or a related discipline. The University can consider applications from people with experience, but no first degree.

            Getting a Student Visa

            This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              7620 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7620 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
            • EU/EEA

              7620 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7620 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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