Start with a short course

Our online short courses provide an alternative entry route to this online Masters degree if:

  • you want to get your postgraduate studies started without committing to a full Masters
  • you’ve missed the deadline to apply for the full degree, or
  • you do not meet the formal degree entry requirements.

A way to study for this online Masters without a degree

Our entry-route short courses are self-evaluating.

This means you do not need to provide formal qualifications to study them. If you believe you’re academically capable, you’re welcome to join a course.

To help you decide if a short course is right for you, check the entry guidance on each course page. This explains the level of teaching involved.

How it works

  • Complete 30 credits’ worth of short courses that are part of this online Masters.
  • Then apply to transfer to the online Masters in August.

By earning 30 credits successfully, you’ll have proved you’re capable of learning at this level. You’ll then be eligible to apply to transfer to the online Masters, even if you do not hold the formal degree entry qualifications.

Degree transfers take place once a year, in August only.

One

Buy

Purchase and complete at least 30 credits’ worth of short courses that are part of this online Masters degree.

Two

Apply

We’ll contact you during your studies to help you apply to transfer to the online Masters in August.

Three

Transfer

Provided the degree coordinator is happy with your performance, and you meet our English language requirements, we can transfer you in August.

Get started on the short course route

To start on the entry path to this online MLitt, complete 30 credits’ worth of the following recommended courses.

Each course is worth 30 credits towards our online MLitt Scottish Heritage.

These courses are delivered at postgraduate Masters level. At this level of teaching, you’d normally have:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree or equivalent (normally a 3.0 GPA in North America), or
  • alternative qualifications combined with relevant professional experience.

Courses starting on 18 September 2023

Magnifying glass on handwritten diary from the University of Aberdeen's archive

Approaches to Research: Archives and Sources (30 credits)

Gain the skills you need to conduct research in archives and library collections anywhere in the world.

Buy Approaches to Research: Archives and Sources

Scotland: A Millennium of History (30 credits)

Access fascinating source materials as you evaluate Scotland’s global impact over the past millennium, from the medieval period to the modern day.

Buy Scotland: A Millennium of History

Courses starting on 22 January 2024

Scottish Witch-Hunting and the Rise of a Protestant Culture 1590-1690 (30 credits)

Examine the attitudes and approaches to witchcraft, magic, the preternatural and the supernatural in early modern Protestant Scotland.

Buy Scottish Witch-Hunting

The Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment (30 credits)

Study the philosophical writings of prominent Scottish Enlightenment thinkers.

Buy The Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment

Purchasing your courses

To join a course, apply via the course page and follow the application and checkout process.

Courses are available to purchase until one week after their start date, but we encourage you to purchase your courses as early as possible to ensure a smooth start to your studies.

Study at your own pace

  • Each 30-credit course is around 15 – 20 hours of study time per week, plus extra at assessment time.

If you’re planning to study part-time, especially if you’re studying around full-time work, we recommend taking a maximum of 30 credits per term.

You can access our online learning platform 24/7, and you can largely set your hours to suit you. You can take study breaks between courses too, as long as you complete your Masters within six years.

Online Masters route not for you?

You do not have to transfer to the Masters degree. Our online short courses give you the flexibility to:

  • study any short course standalone, earning credits with each one
  • build your credits up to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma instead
  • continue course by course, at your own pace, with the option to transfer to the online Masters when you’re ready.

Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to the most common questions we receive about our short course routes.

If your question is not answered here, we’re here to help. Get in touch.

We recommend these specific courses for this entry route for two reasons:

  • It allows for a smoother transition to the online degree, because these are the courses that students on the online Masters degree will also be studying. So you’ll have a cohort of online degree students studying alongside you. When you then transfer to the online degree, you’ll continue on with these same students, whom you’ve already met and worked with.
  • It’s the recommended route set out by the degree coordinator.

But because our online degrees are flexible, you’re free to choose other courses as long as they are part of this online Masters.

You’ll be eligible to apply to transfer to the online Masters when you:

  • pass 30 credits’ worth of short courses from this Masters degree successfully
  • receive your official passing grades for these courses, and
  • meet this degree’s English language requirements if English is not your first language.

If you fulfil these requirements, you can apply to transfer. The programme coordinator makes the final decision on degree transfers.

You can transfer once a year, in August. We carry out transfers in August because:

  • August is the start of the new academic year, and
  • it gives you time to choose your courses ahead of teaching starting in September.

The transfer process takes place once a year, in August only.

The School will contact you during your studies to find out what your intentions are for the next term. It’s at this point you can apply to transfer in August. The School will support you through the transfer process.

If you’re taking the short course route, you do not need to apply for the Masters degree separately via our Applicant Portal. Instead, the School will fast-track you onto the online Masters, providing you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you fail your first attempt at a short course, you’ll be offered one chance to resit the course assessment.

If you fail this resit, you cannot take the course again.

We would then be able to advise you as to your options – you may still be able to qualify with a postgraduate qualification in a different specialism.

No. Once you’ve completed your entry-route short courses, you will not need to study them again when you transfer to the online Masters degree.

The credits you have completed will count towards the Masters degree.

Once you’ve transferred to the online Masters, you will not need to pay for the courses that you have already studied. Your online Masters fee will be adjusted to deduct the cost of the courses you have already paid for.

A pay-as-you-go degree

We never charge the full fee for an online Masters degree upfront. Instead, we charge for our degrees one term at a time, so you can spread the cost.

How pay-as-you-go works

Each term, you decide how many courses you’d like to take. Then you pay for these courses just before term starts. This gives you control over your degree fees and your workload, term by term.

Each 30-credit course is around 15 – 20 hours of study time per week, plus extra at assessment times.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.

You’ll find more detailed and course-specific study hours on each online course page.

Studying around work?

If you’re planning to study part-time, especially if you’re studying around full-time work, we recommend taking a maximum of 30 credits per term.

If you’ve already submitted an application for this degree, please: