Introduction

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.

This programme is studied fully online.

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.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

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

What You'll Study

Year 1

Year 1

Year 1
Students must take the following courses:
HI502W Scotland’s Millennium: A Thematic Overview (30 credit points)
AND EITHER HI552T The Scottish Diaspora (30 credit points)
OR HI552U Scotland’s Visual History (30 credit points)
(HI552T & HI552U will run in alternate years)

Compulsory Courses

Scotland: A Millennium of History (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. Download Course Guide

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The Scottish Diaspora (HI552T) - 30 Credit Points

The course has a global reach, engaging participants with the motives and experiences of emigrants and sojourners in the Scottish diaspora, and connecting those themes back to Scotland. Topics covered include historiographical debtes; causes and consequences of late eighteenth-century emigration; Highland and Lowland Clearances; the recruitment business; Scots and Native Americans; Religion and Faith in the Diaspora; the Inter-war Exodus; the significance of sojourning; strengths and weaknesses of emigrant testimony as a source; and the diaspora in literature, poetry and popular culture. Depending on students' interests, particular attention may be paid to Scottish settlement and its impact in a particular location, particularly the USA, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia.

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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)
AND EITHER HI552T The Scottish Diaspora (30 credit points)
OR HI552U Scotland’s Visual History (30 credit points)
(HI552T & HI552U will run in alternate years)

Compulsory Courses

Approaches to Reserch: Archives and Sources (HI502X)
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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The Scottish Diaspora (HI552T) - 30 Credit Points

The course has a global reach, engaging participants with the motives and experiences of emigrants and sojourners in the Scottish diaspora, and connecting those themes back to Scotland. Topics covered include historiographical debtes; causes and consequences of late eighteenth-century emigration; Highland and Lowland Clearances; the recruitment business; Scots and Native Americans; Religion and Faith in the Diaspora; the Inter-war Exodus; the significance of sojourning; strengths and weaknesses of emigrant testimony as a source; and the diaspora in literature, poetry and popular culture. Depending on students' interests, particular attention may be paid to Scottish settlement and its impact in a particular location, particularly the USA, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia.

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Scottish Visual History (HI552U)
Year 3

Year 3

Year 3

HI5916 Dissertation in Scottish Heritage (60 credit points)

Course Availability

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

Qualifications

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.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

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.

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

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,300
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year This programme is charged on modular basis. Fee quoted is per 30 credits.
All Students £1,300
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on modular basis. Fee quoted is per 30 credits.

Additional Fees

  • 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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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Careers

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 Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

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.

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.

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Contact Details

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