M.Litt. Modern Historical Studies

University of Aberdeen

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,696 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,056 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The taught MLitt in Modern Historical Studies is designed to provide specialist training in technical, analytical, and theoretical skills within a properly interdisciplinary environment. It is particularly suited for students hoping to continue into funded PhD research as well as those simply interested in obtaining an MLitt qualification. Training courses ensure that all postgraduate students are given a thorough grounding in the techniques and tools of historical research before they carry out their dissertation during the summer months. Thematic courses range from straight historical subjects to courses in literature, history of art, divinity, and cultural history and anthropology (see individual entries). Students normally take a combination of course work and write a short dissertation. Following successful completion of the programme, students may proceed to the PhD degree.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Tony HeywoodDepartment of History Tel: +44 (0)1224 272640

Email: t.heywood@abdn.ac.uk



Students choose a combination of compulsory training and thematic courses, distributed evenly between the two half-sessions. Training options include:
Introduction to Historical Research
Researching in Modern History
Modern Languages
The available thematic courses vary from year to year. Normally we would expect to offer courses in aspects of modern Scottish, Irish, Russian, American and British imperial history and the history of science, technology and medicine history. Details for the upcoming session can be obtained from Dr Tony Heywood from about May.

Students must acquire 180 credits over the course of the year (120 for courses + 60 for dissertation). Assessment is normally based on written course work and moderated according to university standards. Every student is assigned a dissertation supervisor based on their research interests.


Applicants should normally hold a 2(i) Honours degree in history or a cognate discipline. In addition, students whose mother tongue is not English require IELTS 6.5.


Various internal funding opportunities are available in the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Divinity, Histoty and Philosophy. Please see the respective webpages for details.

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