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

Investigate the periods of history that interest you the most, and gain practical skills in historical research.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


This degree offers flexible study, either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years). Covering the history of Scotland, Europe, India, Africa and North America, the teaching is organised around research clusters in Global History, Scottish History and Public History. Critical issues in the history of social justice, crime and policing, political, cultural, military, economic and social history are explored, all taught by research specialists.

A key element of your training is the opportunity to gain specialist skills that will enhance your employability. You will be offered the chance to learn about documentary making, public outreach, the historical study of crime fiction and forensics, research ethics, the work of archivists, grant getting and techniques to undertake research with databases.

The dissertation will provide an opportunity for you to deepen your historiographical knowledge and to develop and demonstrate advanced historical research and conceptual skills, particularly important if you are interested in doctoral study.

Separately from the MLitt in History, for those wishing to study part-time at their own pace, and by distance learning, we also offer an extensive suite of modules focused on the history of Scotland and the Scots:

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, Irish, American, European, African, Indian and global history. Find out more about our staff research interests.

Our activities group around two research centres, the Scottish Centre for Global History and the Centre for Scottish Culture, and research clusters themed by War and Peace, Public History, Social Justice and Crime history and writing.

Students on our History masters courses receive at least twenty-four contact hours across the semester with the academic expert in their chosen field.

There are three elements to our History masters courses:

A year-long core module introduces you to practical and theoretical aspects of doing research in history and the humanities. Introduced by the senior Professors, this module takes you through the professional practice of being a historian and is geared towards developing a range of transferrable skills.

You then take modules to suit your interests in Global History, Scottish History, Public History, Social Justice and the History and Literature of Crime.

In addition, we also offer the option of a module tailored specifically to your interests, structured around directed reading (subject to our individual staff areas of expertise).

To cap it all is the Dissertation, which you prepare during the year and write up during the summer. You work closely with a member of staff on a topic of your choice, deepening your historiographical knowledge while putting your research skills into practice.

Full details of the modules are available under "What You'll Study".

During your time with us you are invited to contribute to our postgraduate conference and to get involved in our postgraduate community.

We offer a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference. You will also 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 course, rather than a whole degree, you can choose to apply for an individual module. Visit the Individual Humanities Module webpage for more information.

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.

Who should study this course?

The majority of students on our History taught masters (MLitt) course 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. The School of Humanities has a strong record of securing funded places for doctoral study from the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

All the core teaching is conducted in the early evening 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 experience and to provide 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


Core module (40 credits):

First semester

Choose two further modules from:

Second semester

Choose two further module from:

All students then complete a History Research Dissertation (over the summer) (60 credits).

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.

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 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowHistory MLittP027741

Course Contact

Professor Graeme Morton
+44 (0)1382 381370

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