History and Literature BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

The joint honours degree in History and Literature allows you to turn your passion for the past and for writing into an interesting career.

The BA (Hons) History and Literature covers a range of approaches, from thematic modules that cover a variety of places and historical periods, to concentrated and in-depth studies of a particular group of authors or periods of history.

Special features

  • You will explore literature and history in a global context
  • The degree can be studied full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or 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
  • Must include English at grade C or above, plus one from the list of relevant subjects.These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting.
  • 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

You will choose two history subject which may include: 

  • Renaissances, reformations and revolts: Europe, c.1100-1789
  • People, power and protest: themes in modern British history
  • The Atlantic world, c. 1492-1800: the old world meets the new

You will also study two literature subjects which may include:

  • Worlds real and imagined: an introduction to poetry
  • Literary theory

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

Year 3 - BA

History subjects may include:

  • Historiographical essay - this must be done if you want to complete a history dissertation in the honours year, otherwise you can choose up to three modules in history and three in literature. The list below gives an indication of the modules, however availability rotates each year:

Other history subjects may include:

  • Migration and mobility in modern Britain
  • War and chivalry in medieval Britain and France
  • Cultural centres and economic powerhouses: London, Hamburg and Amsterdam during the early modern period
  • Alps, Hills and Plain? Central Europe to 1918
  • Crime, custom and conflict, 1700-1850

Literature subjects may include:

  • European modernism and the Scottish literary renaissance
  • Union and discord 1707-1815
  • Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
  • Literary borrowings: adaptations and appropriations
  • Nature writing and ecology
  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750-1830
  • Psychogeography and the city
  • Glorious spangs: material culture at the early modern court

Year 2 - DipHE

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

  • Clash of civilisations: Europe and the Muslim world, 1100-1700
  • From Champlain to Vimy Ridge: a history of Canada
  • Travelling cultures, global diasporas

You will also study two literature subjects which may include:

  • Male ideals and female desires in medieval poetry
  • An introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy
  • Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary

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

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or literature. 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.

History options may include:

  • Britain’s empire: colonies and consequences, 1783-1950
  • The "Troubles": politics, culture and conflict in Northern Ireland, 1965-2010
  • Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
  • Lordship, colony, kingdom
  • Gender in American culture and society

Literature subjects may include:

  • Satire: the literary art of attack
  • Apocalyptic fictions
  • Science fiction
  • Pornutopia: gender and erotic Writing
  • Avant-garde literature
  • Pushing boundaries
  • Past and present: historiography

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with the support of 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:

Degrees 2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £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:

Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours 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)

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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680

***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 History and Literature, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching and education
  • The media
  • Publishing
  • Creative arts
  • Marketing and PR
  • Government (local and national)
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Museums and the heritage sector

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature to the following postgraduate courses;

  • MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands
  • MLitt Highlands and Islands Literature

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Apply for History and Literature 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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