The distance learning taught masters in Scottish Heritage explores the rich history, art, architecture, and photography of Scotland through an interactive programme, which is designed with maximum flexibility in order to address the needs of students in a variety of locations and situations.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September or January

Scotland’s heritage and history fascinate a global audience. The study of the Scottish past is an integral part of the intellectual life of the University of Aberdeen. With access to a rich stream of source materials located within the University and across the region, the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy’s Departments of History and History of Art conduct internationally renowned research and possess a strong track record in making their expertise available to a broad range of constituencies. Acclaimed research projects include those on the Aberdeen Bestiary, the Burgh Records, the Buildings of Scotland, and the Scottish Emigration Database.

The University of Aberdeen is the first Scottish institution to offer a course that combines History and History of Art in this way. This programme affords students the opportunity to study Scotland’s written, visual and material pasts in depth and will also provide the intellectual tools for them to pursue their own particular interests.

What You'll Study

Year 1

Year 1

Year 1
Students must take the following courses:



  • HI552U Scotland’s Visual History (30 credit points)

(HI552T & HI552U will run in alternate years)

Compulsory Courses
Scotland's Millenium: A Thematic Overview (HI502W)

30 Credit Points

The course provides students with the opportunity to study a broad sweep of Scotland's history in both chronological and thematic terms. Themes offered include: Landscapes and Identities; Government; War and Conflict; Religion; Popular Culture; Mobility; Travel and Tourism; Urban and Rural Life; Highlands and Islands; Scotland and Empire; Education; Housing and Health; National Identities and Imaginations; Environment; Anglo-Scottish Relations; Population; and Literature.

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Scottish Visual History (HI552U)

Optional Courses
Scottish Visual History (HI552U)
Year 2

Year 2

Year 2
Students must take the following courses:

  • HI502X Approaches to Research: Archives and Sources (30 credit points)
  • HI5916 Dissertation in Scottish Heritage (60 credit points)


  • HI552T The Scottish Diaspora (30 credit points)


  • HI552U Scotland’s Visual History (30 credit points)

(HI552T & HI552U will run in alternate years)

Compulsory Courses
Approaches to Research: Archives and Sources (HI502X)

30 Credit Points

The course will provide students with an introduction to, overview of, and engagement with, the key skills required to conduct research in archival and library collections at graduate level. It will focus on specific issues especially relevant to the University's Special Collections, the Museum Collection and Aberdeen City and Shire Archives, where students will receive an introduction into the nature of the collections, the way to access online materials relevant to their research, and the principles according to which these archives are structured. It will also address issues relating to overseas archives, and will incorporate an element of training in transcription skills.

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Dissertation in Scottish Heritage (HI5916)

60 Credit Points

This course consists of one-to-one online supervision with a member of staff. It provides students with the opportunity to write an extended, 10,000-word investigation and analysis of a topic selected by the student and approved by the course co-ordinator and supervisor.

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Scottish Visual History (HI552U)

Optional Courses

Choose one of the following courses (HI552T & HI552U will run in alternate years):

Scottish Visual History (HI552U)

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research

Why Study Scottish Heritage?

  • Students are taught by leading experts in the field of Scottish history and heritage.
  • The distance-learning, online programme allows you the flexibility of studying a fully academic programme from your own home and fitting with your own time-table.
  • Students have access to the world-class source materials held by the University.
  • The university is the first Scottish institution to offer a programme that combines History and History of Art in this way.
  • The programme is a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Scottish heritage and to locate and connect that heritage to the Scottish diaspora.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Candidates should normally 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). However, for candidates who do not meet this admission criteria, alternative qualifications combined with relevant professional experience and supportive references may also be considered as a means for entry.

Applicants who do not possess the formal degree qualification are required to submit a supporting personal statement.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,380
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2020/21 academic year. This programme is charged on modular basis. Fee quoted is per 30 credits.
Indicative Programme Fee £8,700
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2020/21 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 60 credits of study per year over 3 years.

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

An innovative online, distance learning programme

Scottish Heritage at Aberdeen affords students the opportunity to undertake in-depth study of Scotland’s written, visual, and material pasts, with a strong emphasis on international perspectives.

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Professor Marjory Harper

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
University of Aberdeen
50-52 College Bounds
AB24 3DS