Our History MLitt course offers you detailed investigation into the periods of history that interest you the most, together with thorough research training. You will gain skills in various historical approaches as well as practical skills in areas such as oral history or historical databases.
Why study this course at Dundee?
This degree offers flexible study, either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years), in wide areas of the history of Britain, Scotland, Europe, Russia and North America. Themes range across political, cultural, military, religious, economic and social history, taught within a department of research specialists.
You will also have the opportunity to gain research skills in areas such as paleography, historical databasing, historical statistics and oral history.
The dissertation will provide an opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate advanced research skills, particularly important if you are interested in doctoral study.
We offer five types of History Masters on campus:
- History (general) - more information is on these pages
- Global Empires - visit course webpage
- Greater Britain in the Twentieth Century - visit course webpage
- Scottish History - visit course webpage
- Humanities (History specialisation) - visit course webpage
We also offer:
What is so good about this course?
Dundee Historians are interested in the social, economic, cultural and political history of the early and late modern periods. We have specialists in Scottish, British, Irish, American, European, African, Indian and global history. Find out more about our staff research interests.
Students on our History masters courses receive at least twelve contact hours across the semester with the academic expert in their chosen field.
There are four elements to our History masters courses:
- Year-long core module which introduces you to practical and theoretical aspects of doing research in history and social sciences.
- Each masters course has its own core specialist module.
- Flexible optional module(s) which involve working closely with individual researchers amongst the History staff.
We tailor these options to your interests, as much as possible, subject to our individual staff areas of expertise.
- Dissertation, which your prepare during the year and write up during the summer. You work closely with a member of staff on a topic of your choice.
You also contribute to our postgraduate conference, via a short presentation, which is a good opportunity to get involved in our postgraduate community.
Full details of the modules are available under "What You'll Study".
Study an individual module
If you wish to study just one module from this programme, rather than a whole degree, you can choose to apply for an individual module. Visit the Individual Humanities Module webpage for more information.
If you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (eg to read texts in a native language), you can enrol on a Languages for All course free of charge.
Who should study this course?
The majority of students on our History taught masters (MLitt) programme take this extra year to improve their job prospects. Most of our MLitt graduates go into full-time employment immediately after finishing their course.
Others take the course with the long-term aim of making careers in professions, such as teaching, where a postgraduate degree is increasingly required for promotion to higher positions.
A few of our students take the degree as a preparation for a research degree. They continue with PhD studies, either here at Dundee or at other universities.
- Devolution and Global Governance
- Global Empires
- Greater Britain in the Twentieth Century
- Scottish History
- Scottish History (MLitt by distance learning)
All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars and presentations.
Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, as well as research essays and a dissertation. One-to-one supervision of a dissertation is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided and students with the opportunity to work on a topic of their own choosing (subject to approval by the tutor).
All our History MLitt degrees have a common core module (40 credits):
- History Skills and Sources (semesters 1 & 2)
If you are enrolled on the general History degree, you then choose two further modules, either specialist modules:
- Global Empires (semester 1)
- Approaches to the Study of Twentieth Century Britain (semester 1)
- Interpretations in Scottish History (semester 1)
- History of the Book (semester 2)
or one or two of our flexible modules, where you choose the topic:
All students then complete a History dissertation (summer).
If you are enrolled on a specialist degree, then you replace the semester 1 flexible module with the relevant specialist module. Visit the course webpage for full details:
Assessment includes essays, skills tests, a presentation and a dissertation.
Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.
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.
For those wishing to use their studies more directly, for example in heritage, museum or archivist work, the job market is competitive, and the MLitt will provide students with a chance to further their knowledge and understanding of History and to demonstrate advanced research skills necessary for work in archives or heritage.
Learn more about careers related to the Humanities on our Careers Service website.
Year of Entry: 2015
Entry Requirements: Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in History or a related discipline. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.
EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.
English Language Requirement
Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year. These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2015/16|
|Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students||£4,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£12,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
For History (MLitt)
For Global Empires (MLitt)
For Greater Britain in the Twentieth Century (MLitt)
For Scottish History (MLitt)
For an individual Humanities module
Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Dr Anja Johansen
School of Humanities
+44 (0)1382 384514