Scottish History (by distance learning) MLitt

  • For Entry: January | May | September
  • Duration: 12 months - 5 years
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

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.

Why study this course at Dundee?

This course 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.

The central aim of this course is to examine the many different interpretations of Scottish history and you will be encouraged to think critically about the various ways in which historians have viewed the development of Scotland over the past four centuries and to consider some of the ways in which Scottish history has been portrayed in a popular context.

You will learn:

  • About the development of Scotland from the seventeenth century to the present
  • About the role of Scotland within the British Empire and the complexity of Scottish national identities
  • Why the Highland Clearances is still such a contested issue in Scotland today
  • How to use the main sources available to historians of Scotland
  • About different theories and research techniques and how they may be used in your studies

What is so good about this course?

As the leading History department in Scotland for research output at international standard (RAE2008 results), we offer students an unparalleled opportunity to experience teaching at the sharp end of current research scholarship.

Find out more about History staff and the fields they specialise in.

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Who should study this course?

This course is aimed at:

  • Anyone with a good undergraduate degree wishing to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Scottish history
  • Graduates in History or related disciplines wishing to gain additional knowledge and skills to further their employment prospects
  • History graduates considering PhD research

Individual modules can be taken as non-accredited modules for interest or personal development.

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How you will be taught

This course is taught entirely by Distance Learning. Course materials will be supplied to students either via the virtual learning environment (My Dundee) or in hard-copy.

The course gives you the ability to study at home at your own pace. For a typical module you will be required to read a major book on an aspect of Scottish history every two weeks. In between, you will be exposed to source material and journal articles relevant to the topic. As you read and progress through the module you will complete a weekly module journal which will allow your tutors to give you regular feedback on your progress.

You will also interact with other students on the module and with tutors through online discussion boards and through discussion rooms. You will also have access to your tutors through e-mail and they will hold regular online office hours to answer any questions that you may have.

How you will be assessed

The central components of assessment for most modules are the essay and the module journal. For most modules students are required to write a 3,500 or 5,000 word essay and to complete a weekly module journal reflecting on their reading for that week. Tutors will be able to provide regular support and feedback from the module journal as the module progresses.

To complete the MLitt students are also required to write an 18,000 word dissertation.

Students will be able to interact with the tutor and other students via live ‘drop in sessions’ using the virtual learning environment. There will also be active discussion boards where students can interact.

What you will study

There are 3 core modules for the PG Dip & MLitt courses:

These will normally be studied in this order over the first two years of the course.

Students must also take three optional modules from a range of options including:

Humanities modules - 

Archives modules - 

Students can then choose to graduate with a PGDip or complete an 18,000 word dissertation to gain a Masters qualification.

You can also study modules on a standalone modules, or graduate with a PGCert (60 credits).

Visit the individual modules webpages above for more information.

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: 2016

Students will normally be expected to have a good undergraduate degree (2:1 or similar standard) in History or a related discipline.

EU and International students

For entry requirements tailored to your home country visit the Your Country pages.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 7.0
Listening 7.0
Reading 7.0
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0

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 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 10 week Pre-Sessional programme provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS.

The 5 week Pre-Sessional programme 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 statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students £700 per Humanities module (inc core modules) / £920 per Archives 20 credit module or £460 for a 10 credit module, plus £1,344 dissertation fee
Overseas students (non-EU) £1,080 per Humanities module (inc core modules) / £1,280 per Archives 20 credit module or £640 per 10 credit module, plus £2,058 dissertation fee

Please download and complete the Scottish History (Distance Learning) Application Form, then send your completed form with supporting documentation to

Course Contact

Dr Annie Tindley