What is special about this course?
If you are passionate about reading, thinking and writing and would like to turn this interest into a career, the BA (Hons) Literature is ideal for you.
You will explore literature in a global context, looking in depth at language and literary history within texts and on the international literary stage.
Studying literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands is not ‘English’, and nor is it ‘Scottish’. Our modules cover a wide range of authors, in English and translation, as well as theory from classic to contemporary. With a solid foundation in genres and periods in years 1 and 2, and research-based modules in years 3 and 4, our graduates are confident and enthusiastic writers, researchers and readers.
We teach a range of advanced specialist modules alongside more traditional content, and you are able to combine your studies with other disciplines. You will also study language, translation and the interrelation of Scots, Gaelic, English and other languages in Scotland.
You will benefit from close partnerships with local organisations and you will learn from internationally recognised experts in their fields, with interests reflected in our wide variety of modules.
- You will study literature in an international context
- Research strengths (all taught on the degree) include: nation and identity, genre, adaptation, gender, theory/writing/originality, writing of place, nature and the environment, and in particular periods: classical and medieval, renaissance, eighteenth century and romanticism, nineteenth century, and modern and contemporary.
- All modules in years 3 and 4 are based on staff research, and you’ll be part of a vibrant research culture from your first semester
- Modules on Gaelic literature in translation are available
- You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
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
- 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.
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Literature with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6:
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Holders of other awards, qualifications, competences and knowledge that are deemed similar in level and content to those above; entry by this route will be at the discretion of the programme committee.
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Literary discoveries: an introduction to prose fiction
- Coming out: late 19th- and early 20th-century drama
- Reading poetry: an introduction
- Theories of literature: an introduction
You will also choose two further option modules which may include:
- Travellers in the wilderness: literature and the theme of exile
- An introduction to Gaelic prose
- Option modules from our range of humanities subjects
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules are:
- 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 also choose two further option modules from across our humanities subjects.
Year 3 - BA
You will study five core modules which may include:
- Literary borrowings: adaptations and appropriations
- Risk anything! The modernist short story
- Union and discord 1707-1815
- Imagining new worlds: Renaissance literature and thought
- Nature writing and ecology
You will also choose an option module from our range of humanities subjects
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a literature dissertation. You will also study four core modules which may include:
- Apocalyptic fictions
- Science fiction and fantasy
- Satire: the art of attack
- Metafication: self-referential texts
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module which students should attend at their home campus.
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.
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Highland Theological College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
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:
**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) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
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.
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||£11,100||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,550||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,850||£1,940|
**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.
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) Literature course, you might like to consider careers in:
- Teaching and education
- Museum and archives
- The Media
- Heritage sector
- Creative arts
- Marketing and PR
The highly developed critical, analytical and communication skills you will acquire through your studies will make you a strong candidate for a wide variety of careers.