Scottish Cultural Studies and Archaeology BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

This new joint degree will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in both the cultural and physical identities of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. As well as exploring the fascinating and varied cultural identity of the region, you will also acquire the practical skills required for fieldwork, surveying and post excavation.

Archaeology is closely linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands, as well as wider Scotland, and you will develop a wealth of skills both in the study room and in the field.  

You will have the opportunity to participate in optional field work and museum placements as part of the degree

Special features

  • You have the opportunity to attain an unprecedented level of understanding of the region and its driving issues
  • Participation in highly practical modules will allow you to focus on the ‘on-the-job’ skills needed by the modern archaeologist
  • You can study Highlands and Islands culture, heritage and archaeology in a global context
  • Flexible choices enable you to develop key strengths as you progress through the degree towards your chosen career
  • With full time or part time options you can fit your studies around 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
  • 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

Modules may include:

  • What is Culture?
  • Archaeological Theory and Method
  • Languages of the Highlands and Islands
  • World Archaeology or Historical Landscapes
  • Plus two option modules from other humanities degrees

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include:

  • An Interdisciplinary Project or Archaeological Project
  • One fixed option from either Scottish Cultural Studies or Archaeology
  • Plus four option modules from either Scottish Cultural Studies or Archaeology

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Tradition, Custom & Belief
  • Scottish Archaeology or Contemporary Archaeology
  • Language, Culture and Identity
  • Digital Heritage
  • Plus two option modules from other humanities degrees

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will choose four option modules from either Scottish Cultural Studies or Archaeology, which may include:

  • Visual Research Methods
  • Contemporary Scottish Poetry
  • Scottish Tradition in Philosophy
  • Editing Older Scots
  • Sustainability Past & Present
  • Funerary and Burial Archaeology
  • The Iron Age in Scotland
  • Maritime Archaeology and Heritage of Northern Scotland

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

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

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 Cultural Studies and Archaeology course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Archaeological field unit
  • Tourism
  • Research
  • Museums and Archives
  • Developer-funded archaeology
  • Journalism and the media

Is there more information available online?

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

Apply for Scottish Cultural Studies and Archaeology BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or 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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