• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Mode: Full Time

This course will provide you with an understanding of the diverse forces at work in Scottish History since the early modern period, with a special focus on social, cultural and political development, and Scottish connections with the wider world.


This degree offers flexible study, either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years), of Scotland's history from the Reformation to the present. It is taught by leading researchers in their fields, and students attracted to this degree pathway will benefit from the latest research and historiography.

You will also have the opportunity to gain research skills in areas such as historical databasing, historical statistics and oral history.

The dissertation will provide an opportunity for you to further develop and demonstrate advanced research skills, particularly important if you are interested in doctoral study.

The MLitt in Scottish History is also a pathway on the MLitt in Humanities with Specialisation programme.

History at Dundee

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.

Our activities form part of two research centres, the Scottish Centre for Global History and the Centre for Scottish Culture.

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:

  1. Year-long core module which introduces you to practical and theoretical aspects of doing research in history and social sciences.
  2. Each masters course has its own core specialist module.
  3. 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.
  4. 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".

We offer a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference. Students benefit from a range of Generic Skills classes throughout the year.

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.

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.

Language Learning

If you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), you can enrol on a Languages for All course free of charge.

How you will be taught

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).

How you will be assessed

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.

What you will study

The course is made up of the following modules:

our flexible Taught History MLitt module, (semester 2)

plus a History dissertation (summer).

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 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 qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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 and EU students £4,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK 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
Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants

Apply online via UKPASS

For Scottish History (MLitt)

Apply online via UKPASS

For an individual Humanities module

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowScottish History MLittP037285

Course Contact

Professor Graeme Morton
+44 (0)1382 381370

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