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Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures MLitt

Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures MLitt

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Online/Distance | The Centre for History UHI | 1 year | SEP-22

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1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MLitt - Master of Letters

Subject areas

Marine Archaeology Marine Biology Marine / Seashore Life

Course type


Course Summary

What is special about this course?

The sea has often acted as a highway for people living along adjacent coasts and on islands; such communities have frequently experienced closer ties with each other than with places further inland. The MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures explores these environments from an interdisciplinary perspective.

This course is based on the internationally significant and world-class research of the staff involved and is led by the university’s Centre for History, in collaboration with our Archaeology Institute and Institute for Northern Studies. MLitt students will study two modules in history, archaeology and northern studies, and then complete a dissertation.

This programme will be of interest to those wishing to develop transferable skills with respect to coastal and maritime themes, and to all who wish to pursue further arts and humanities-based research in these areas.

Taught from the Highlands and Islands, the MLitt Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures is available to study from anywhere in the world.

"This masters degree will forever change the way you look at the places where salt water meets the shore." Dr Julie Brown (Professor in English Literature, Clatsop Community College, Oregon, USA).

Special features

  • Study on the first ever coastal and maritime themed masters programme
  • Opportunity to gain new perspectives on the coast and sea
  • Support from expert staff at the university’s Centre for History, Archaeology Institute and Institute for Northern Studies, throughout your studies
  • Study online through the university's virtual learning environment which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments, where it suits you, in the UK and internationally
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters (MLitt) degree.

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 1 year @ 35 hours per week
Part-time (structured): 2 years @ 17.5 hours per week
Part-time (unstructured): up to 6 years

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider a career in:

  • Coastal and/or maritime heritage sector
  • Teaching
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Community or adult education
  • Museums and libraries.


Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands - Core
From Atlantis to Utopia: the Nature of Islandness - Core
Rivers, ports and coasts in European History - Core
Research Dissertation

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in: history; Scottish history; archaeology; or culture and heritage studies. Those with degrees in another strongly-related subject will be considered on an individual basis.