Scottish History and Theology BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology, led by expert staff at Highland Theological College UHI and the UHI Centre for History, provides a distinctive study opportunity by combingin two different but complementary subjects.

The history element provides a thorough examination of Scotland’s place in history in relation to Britain, Europe and the wider world. The theology element provides for the study of all the main traditions, although Highland Theological College UHI stands in the evangelical and Reformed tradition of Christian theology.

Special features

  • You will benefit from access to recognised experts on the academic staff in both disciplines, whose own research interests are reflected in the modules they teach
  • You can study full time or part time, and modules are taught in one week blocks so you can fit your studies around your personal circumstances
  • A wealth of resources are available through the UHI Libraries and Electronic Resources, you will also have access to Highland Theological College UHI's impressive library has over 60,000 titles, including three special collections.
  • 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

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

Theology subjects may include:

  • Protestant Reformation
  • Introduction to systematic theology

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

Year 3 - BA

You will undertake an extended writing modules in one of the two disciplines - a histographical essay or theology project.

Depending on whether you opt for the histographical essay, you will also choose two or three history modules. The list below gives an indication of the modules, however availability rotates each year:

  • 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

You will also study two or three theology subjects, depending on whether you choose to do the theology project. These modules may include:

  • Scottish church history
  • Doctrine of God
  • Hebrews
  • Wisdom Literature

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

In theology you will study:

  • Early Church History
  • Plus an additional two modules from a range of theology options

You will also choose one option module from a range of humanities subjects.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or theology. 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

Theology subjects may include:

  • Holy Spirit and the Word
  • Medieval church history
  • Quest for the historical Jesus
  • Guided Reading
  • Hermeneutics

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 Theology, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Churches, missionary societies and agencies
  • Teaching and research
  • Media and politics
  • Museums, archives and libraries
  • Government (Local and national) and the civil service

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology to the following postgraduate course:

MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands

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Apply for Scottish History and Theology 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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