Culture and Heritage BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage, and related joint honours degrees, will appeal to anyone who has a broad interest in Scotland and in the Highlands and Islands region in particular.  The degree explores key cultural, literary, language, historical, musical, and philosophical issues at a national and regional level.

The programme is aimed at students from a wide range of academic disciplines who wish to study in this rapidly growing interdisciplinary field. You can choose your own topics to research for your third year interdisciplinary project and fourth year dissertation, bringing together the multi-disciplinary teaching and learning you will experienced throughout your studies. 

You can choose this single honours programme or one of the related joint degrees: with Scottish History, Archaeology or Gaelic Studies.

Why not take this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wealth of varied and fascinating culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and an understanding of its place in a global context.

Special features

  • Gain a unique understanding of Scotland and the communities of the Highlands and Islands – the customs, traditions and values
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
  • Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal and professional development
     

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting. At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects.
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Scotland the Brand
  • Languages in the Highlands and Islands
  • What is culture?
  • Scotland's music

You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

 

 

  • Interdisciplinary project
  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Visions of the past
  • Scotland in film
  • The Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society*
  • People and the Nntural environment*

* modules run on alternate years

You will also choose one option module from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Tradition, custom and belief
  • Languages on the edge
  • Images of Scotland: constructing heritage through photographs
  • Museum studies

You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will study two core modules, two rotational modules, which include:

  • The Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Visual research methods
  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Celtic and Celtic revival art in Scotland 600-2000
  • Runes – voices from the past*
  • Highland journeys*
  • Faeries and fables – the story of Gaelic literature*
  • People, plants and animals*

* modules run on alternate years

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2016-172017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2016-172017-18
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

 

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000 £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040 £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680 £1,750

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Primary and Secondary teaching in English, history and modern studies
  • Journalism and the media
  • Tourism
  • Museums and archives
  • Research

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students are saying

The lecturers possess vast knowledge of their subject areas and are more than happy to take time out and speak to the students. It is a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere which allows the student and lecturer to really get to know each other.

Adam Mathers, BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies (previous title of the BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage

Apply for Culture and Heritage BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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