Explore the fascinating story of Scotland and earn a Masters in Scottish Heritage.

Join the first Scottish university to offer a degree that combines History, History of Art and Philosophy in this way.

  • Gain the skills to conduct research in archives and library collections, anywhere in the world.
  • Engage with rare archive treasures and unrivalled expertise in Scotland’s rich written, visual and oral past.
  • Discover the stories of the men, women and children who left Scotland’s shores for a new life overseas.
  • Learn to work with many sources and grow your analytical skills.

Under the expert guidance of award-winning online tutors, the focus of your degree can be adapted to you and your own connections to Scotland.

Who can study this online Scottish history degree?

This distance-learning degree is for anyone, anywhere in the world, with a professional or personal interest in Scotland’s history and her people.

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree (30 credits).

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance learning Masters in Scottish Heritage is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

You can study with us anywhere in the world with no need for a study visa, and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including online:

  • lectures
  • videos and audio clips
  • quizzes
  • written, visual and oral source materials
  • discussion boards with classmates and tutors.

Archive access

You’ll also have online access to our remarkable Special Collections, Museum Collections and Sir Duncan Rice Library. Here you’ll explore ancient Scottish records, manuscripts, prints, photographs and literary collections of leading Scottish writers and poets. Treasures include a large Jacobite collection, works of the Scottish Enlightenment, and one of best collections of Sir Walter Scott’s work.

Your tutors

This online Masters is designed and led by experienced researchers and academics from our History, History of Art and Philosophy departments. You’ll learn from academics with world-leading expertise in Scottish emigration.


This degree is assessed entirely online.

Robert McGregor

Prior to this course, I did not appreciate the extent to which being a historian is a discipline. This is a course for historians and non-historians alike offering wonderful insight into Scotland’s history and the way that history has been recorded.

Robert McGregor, MLitt Scottish Heritage student, Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director (Philippines)

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Outstanding expertise

Professor Marjory Harper is a Professor of History. She’s travelled the world researching Scottish emigration.

Her work in this field has led to appearances on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland and a Saltire Scottish History Book of the Year award. Listen to Marjory on Radio 4.

Marjory also holds an Excellence in Teaching award for her inspirational and supportive online teaching.

Where this will take you


MLitt Scottish Heritage could help you pursue or advance your career in tourism and other related industries.

It also offers excellent continuing professional development opportunities to enhance your skills, particularly in occupations such as:

  • teaching
  • librarianship
  • museum work.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

Access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2023/24 academic year. Fees for future academic years are provisional, but our indicative fee assumes a 5% fee rise each year.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements


  • A 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree or equivalent (normally a 3.0 GPA in North America).

We also welcome alternative qualifications combined with relevant professional experience. If you don’t have a formal degree qualification, please submit a supporting personal statement with your application.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Letters - 180 credits

You’ll work through four 30-credit courses and a 60-credit dissertation to gain your MLitt.

You can start your studies in January or September and progress at a pace that suits you.


It typically takes 32 months to complete the MLitt. You can take a maximum of 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

Optional courses

Choose two of these courses. They run in alternate years.

The Scottish Diaspora, Scottish Visual History and Scottish Church History: From Columba to Graham will run in January 2023.

The Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment and Scottish Witch-Hunting and the Rise of a Protestant Culture 1590-1690 will next run in January 2024.

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.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of the degree instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits count towards the MLitt. You can study any course stand-alone, or build your way up to the full degree one short course at a time.

Find out about our short course route to entry.

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Master of Letters

180 credits


This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2022.

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September or January

This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2022.

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