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Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures MLitt

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Entry level Bachelor
Cost Home/EEA students (outside UK) - £5,000; Rest of UK students - £5,850; International students - £8,820

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

Grant opportunities

From 2017, eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying full-time for any taught postgraduate course, up to full Masters level, can access loans up to £10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full-time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level, who meet the residency eligibility, can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

External scholarships and financial support may be available.

For further information on funding see the UHI website.


  • 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

ISCED Categories

Marine archaeology