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Scottish Heritage MLitt (Online)

Key information

Qualification type

MLitt - Master of Letters

Subject areas

Arts / Culture / Heritage Administration Scottish Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Scottish history and heritage are internationally recognised. The University of Aberdeen has researched the rich cultural past of Scotland since its formation in 1495, acquiring vast collections of heritage materials to ensure that research and learning continues to feed the desire for knowledge across Scottish heritage areas. You study a millennium of history, Scottish diaspora, visual history, research archives and sources, and your dissertation. Research led teaching feeds your interest from the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy’s Departments of History (1898) and Art History.

  • Enjoy researching from over rare printed books
  • More than th century items
  • 5000 irreplaceable archival collections
  • Materials dating back as far as the 3rd century BC
  • You absorb yourself in Scottish heritage by studying the extensive materials available to you online and you understand about migration and immigration, the periods of history and culture, arts and expression of culture which is known the world over
  • You will learn to study written, visual and materials of the past in depth to pursue your own interests.

Courses can include: Scotland’s Millennium- A Thematic Overview; The Scottish Diaspora; Scotttish Visual History; Approaches to Research – Archives and Sources and your dissertation

You study in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy. Research forms four themes which are: Irish and Scottish Studies, Medieval History, Early Modern Studies and World History/Global Empires. Study is supported by a vast state of the art Sir Duncan Rice Library which holds major collections of Jacobite material, Scottish Enlightenment, Catholic heritage, estate papers, and regular research seminars. Your studies are further enhanced by the History of Art Department which holds a treasure of clues to the historic periods and history of Scotland. There is a unique George Washington Wilson photography archive, Scottish and British Painting of the 17th – 20th centuries literature, Scottish architecture, Pictish Art, Romanesque manuscripts, Jacobite Arts and Culture of the Counter Reformation.

Online Learning at Aberdeen

When you study online your study and research needs are taken care of online. You have access to the Virtual Learning platform at Aberdeen. On this platform you can view lectures, speak to lecturers and your tutor, communicate with your peers, enjoy group work where relevant, blogs and many other facilities to ensure your learning experience is like being on campus. You have access to the Sir Duncan Rice Library and its extensive e-resources to ensure you have the same quality of experience as you would on campus.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international researchers and academics.

The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities. The city is compact, architecturally interesting and it offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do.

Different course options

Study mode



36 months

Start date



Scottish Visual History - Core
Scotland: A Millennium of History - Core
Scottish Visual History - Optional
Dissertation in Scottish Heritage - Core
Scottish Visual History - Core
Approaches to Research: Archives and Sources - Core
Scottish Visual History - Optional

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications (normally a 3.0 GPA in North America). Equivalent professional experience may be considered.