Scottish History MLitt

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • School: School of Humanities

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.

Why study Scottish History at Dundee?

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.

What's so good about 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. Our activities form part of two research centres, the Scottish Centre for Global History and the Centre for Scottish Culture.

Postgraduate Culture

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

Who should study this course?

As well as being a research preparation degree for students who intend to proceed to a PhD, this course also caters directly for students who wish to take their first degree to a higher level of advanced study, for either career development or merely general interest.

Related Courses

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):

Scottish History students also choose two optional modules from a range of Scottish modules, which differ from year to year, but would typically include:

Finally, students undertake a 60 credit History dissertation.

Check our module catalogue for more details of the currently available modules.

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.

Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply online via UKPASS