Scottish History and Literature BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

If you are passionate about Scotland's past and about reading and would like to turn this interest into a career, the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature is ideal.

You will study Scottish literature and Scottish history in a global context, comparing Scotland with the wider world in both disciplines. The degree cover 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 historical periods. You will also study language, translation and the interrelation of Scots, Gaelic, English and other languages in Scotland, as well as different approaches to and studies of medieval, early modern and modern history.

Special features

  • You will study prose, poetry and Scottish History, with optional modules available in drama, Gaelic literature and other related disciplines
  • Opportunities for more focused study of specific literary and historical genres will be available in your third and fourth years
  • You can study 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

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

  • Scottish history, 1066-1603
  • Scottish history, 1603-20th century
  • 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:

  • Scotland and Ireland, 1800-1939
  • Crown-magnate relations in later medieval northern Scotland
  • Scots in North America
  • Emigration from the Highlands and Islands since 1750
  • The sovereignty of the sea? pirates, politicians and the evolution of territorial waters during early modern period
  • Scots in Poland, Poles in Scotland

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

You will choose two history subjects which may include:

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

Literature subjects, from which you will study two, 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 subjects may include:

  • Culture and Christianity in the Highlands and Islands, 1742-1893
  • Merchants, mariners and maritime marauders: Scottish trade in the early modern period
  • A Society at War? Scotland, 1296-1403
  • The Seventeenth Century in the Highlands
  • Noble, Rebel, King: Robert Bruce and medieval Scotland
  • The Highland wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations

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 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 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;

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Scottish 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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