Culture, Heritage and Scottish History BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

Combining the complementary subjects of culture and heritage with Scottish history, this joint degree covers the key aspects of Scottish life from early history through to the modern day.  You will explore culture, history, language, literature and much more, focussing on the Highlands and Islands, within a national and international context, preparing you for life beyond university. 

As you progress through the course, you will choose from a combination of modules, equally balanced between the two disciplines. You will have the opportunity to participate in an optional museum studies module, as well as possible volunteering positions across the Highlands.

Special features

  • Study Highlands and Islands culture, heritage and history in a global context
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
  • Gain and polish your research skills
  • Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studies 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

Culture and heritage modules, from which you choose two, include:

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

You will also study two of the following history modules:

  • Scottish history, 1066-1603
  • Scottish history, 1603-20th century
  • The Atlantic world, c. 1492-1800: the old world meets the new

You will choose a further two option modules from a range of history, culture and heritage and other humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You will undertake an extended writing module in one of the disciplines – culture and heritage: interdisciplinary project or Scottish history: public history.

Depending on which discipline you choose to do your project in, you will choose two or three culture and heritage modules. The list below gives an indication of the modules; however, availability rotates each year for some modules:

  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Visions of the past
  • Scotland in film
  • Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society*
  • People and the natural environment*

* modules run on alternate years

You will also choose two or three history subjects (depending on whether you elect to do the public history extended writing module). The list below gives an indication of the modules, however availability rotates each year:

  • Crown-magnate relations in later medieval northern Scotland
  • Scots in North America
  • Emigration from the Highlands and Islands since 1750
  • Scots in Poland, Poles in Scotland
  • Plus one option Scottish history related module


Year 2 - DipHE

You will choose two of the following culture and heritage subjects:

  • Images of Scotland: constructing heritage through photographs
  • Tradition, custom and belief
  • Language, culture and identity
  • Languages on the edge
  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Displaying the past: museum studies

History subjects, from which you will choose two, include:

  • Land and people: the Scottish Highlands
  • Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic
  • Travelling cultures, global diasporas

You will study two further option modules from a range of history, culture and other humanities subjects.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in culture and heritage or Scottish history. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. The following lists show all the options, however they are again available on a rotation basis each year.

Culture and Heritage subjects may include:

  • Visual research methods
  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Contemporary Scottish poetry
  • 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

History subjects may include:

  • Merchants, mariners and maritime marauders: Scottish trade in the early modern period
  • The Highland Land Wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations
  • The Art of display: aelling the Stewart Monarchy, c1371 to c1745
  • The Empire strikes back: how the British Empire shaped Scotland
  • Plus one option Scottish history related module

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 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 
  • Part Time (structured): 8 Years

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:

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:

    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 the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies and Scottish History, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Tourism
  • Museums and Archives
  • Journalism and the media

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Apply for Culture, Heritage and Scottish History 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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