Scottish History BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in Scottish and Highlands and Islands history, then the BA (Hons) Scottish History degree is exactly what you’re looking for.

Throughout the course, you will investigate the cultural, political, social and economic links between Scotland and the northern European and northern Atlantic regions.

In the first and second years, you will follow a traditional broad approach to the study of history from the medieval to the modern period. In years three and four you will have the opportunity to examine in-depth specific places, periods and themes which reflect the research specialisms of the expert staff at the university's Centre for History. 

Over two-thirds of the research conducted by the Centre for History was rated at 4 and 3*, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, in the latest assessment of UK university research quality.

The impact of our research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th, higher than Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. We are also the highest ranked new History department in the UK.

Special features

  • This course provides opportunities to focus on the history of the Highlands and Islands
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
  • You will gain and polish your research skills

The Centre for History holds regular research seminars to which students are welcome. There are opportunities to volunteer at local museums and archives as well as occasional formal opportunities. In 2017 one student won a two week archival internship at Mount Stuart alongside undergraduates from other Scottish universities. Occasional (voluntary) fieldtrips in the UHI region enhance the experience of your degree.

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.

Access routes

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades CCC and eight units passed at SCQF level 6:

  • Access to Christian Theology at our university and other relevant Humanities Access Courses will also be considered on an individual basis.
  • Access to arts, social science and primary education (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to community education and humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to degree studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to humanities (Edinburgh College, Fife College and Perth College UHI)
  • Access to languages with business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to languages, arts and social sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to university (West Lothian College)
  • Access to university study (Dundee & Angus College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Students must study the following core modules:

  • What is history?
  • Scottish history: 1066 to 1603
  • Scottish history: 1603 to 20th century

You will also choose two further option modules, one from History and two from other Humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

Core module is:

  • Public history

Other modules may include:

  • Crown-Magnate Relations in Later Medieval Northern Scotland, c 1290-1500
  • Scots in Poland, Poles in Scotland
  • Emigration from the Highlands and Islands since 1750
  • Scots in North America: identity and experience

Students may also select one History module in place of a Scottish History option. You may also choose one further option module from other humanities subjects

Year 2 - DipHE

Students will study the following core modules:

  • Historians and History
  • Land and People: The Scottish Highlands 1800-2000
  • Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic

You will also choose three further option modules, one from History and two from other Humanities subjects.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Merchants, Mariners and maritime marauders: Scottish trade in the early modern period
  • The Highland Land Wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations
  • The Empire strikes back: how the British Empire shaped Scotland
  • The Art of Display

Students may also select one of the following History modules in place of a Scottish History option:

  • Gender in American Culture and Society, 1776-1917
  • Lordship, Colony, Kingdom: The making of Ireland
  • War Cruel and Sharp: A military history of the Hundred Years' War
  • Death and Destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • 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 turors.
  • There is a two hour timetabled VC 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 a weekly two hour video conference seminar for each module, online tutor-supported study and self-directed study.

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) Scottish History course, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider such as:

  • Teaching
  • Archivist
  • Researcher
  • Government positions in the museums and libraries sector
  • Media and journalism
     

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

Scottish History was the right course for me as it offered a surprising level of variety. I’ve learned about the fantastic stories of Scots in the Highlands, as well as early America and the West Indies. The independent style of teaching at the university encourages responsibility over your own learning. Using video-conference, contacting your lecturers through email and arranging your own meetings is a much more practical and modern approach which will be hugely beneficial out in the ‘real world’.

Sam Baillie, fourth year student, BA (Hons) Scottish History.

I went directly into the second year after being out of university for three years. I was concerned that I would feel out of my depth going into a new field but my trepidations were immediately set aside once I met my lecturers and fellow students. The staff are much more accessible than I have experienced previously: they encourage you to engage with the course material and help if you are struggling.

While applying, I was given huge support from the admissions team. This not only solidified my decision to study here but also made the whole prospect exciting.

Victoria Whiteford is studying full time on the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology at our Highland Theological College UHI campus.

Apply for 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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