Archaeology and Sociology BA (Hons)
Course code V40S
What is special about this course?
Most of our humanities subjects can be studied as joint honours as well as single honours. Joint honours programmes give you the opportunity to combine two subjects, which complement your interests or career goals. You will usually concentrate on both subjects equally. It can be possible to transfer between single and joint honours options, usually during your first or second year, and advice will be available from your personal academic tutor.
This joint degree covers:
- Archaeology: exploration of a range of archaeological skills such as fieldwork, surveying and post-excavation, mapped to the current occupational standards for archaeology
- Sociology: the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society
- Opportunity to develop ‘on-the-job’ skills such as surveying, fieldwork and post-excavation
- Our studies are linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands region in a global context
- 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
- 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 SQA credits) with 3 additional SQA 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
PVG scheme membership may be required in order to take part in optional modules in year three.
SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.
Year 1 - CertHE
Core modules are:
- Archaeological theory and method
- Understanding the social world
- Making social lives
You will also choose two archaeology option module, which may include:
- Historic landscapes
- World archaeology
- European prehistories
- Archaeology and the lab (subject to validation)
plus one other option module from across the humanities degrees.
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules are:
- Excavation skills (residential): should be taken in semester 2 of year 2, as well as a compulsory field school in the summer, at a site location off-campus
- Sociology theory Or Beliefs, culture and community
- Qualitative research
You will choose two archaeology option modules, which may include:
- Scottish archaeology
- Digital heritages
- Managing archaeology for contemporary society
- Wetland archaeology (subject to validation)
Plus one option module from across the range of humanities degrees.
Year 3 - BA
Core modules are:
- Archaeology and interpretation
- Archaeological sciences
- Advanced social research methods
- Work and society
- Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
You will choose one archaeology option module, which may include:
- Pre-history of the Highlands and Islands
- Historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
- Archaeology project
- Practical environmental archaeology (subject to validation)
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in archaeology or literature. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.
Archaeology option modules may include:
- Sustainability past and present
- Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic
- Funerary and burial archaeology
- Maritime archaeology and heritage of Northern Scotland
- Landscape archaeology
- Neolithic Orkney
- The Iron Age of Scotland c800BC-800AD
- Peoples, plants and animals
Sociology option modules may include:
- Insiders and outsiders in society
- Visual research
- Understanding crime
- Network society: mass media and the information age
- Restorative justice
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of scheduled video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is normally a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module. You will also undertake practical archaeology fieldwork and project work.
- International students requiring a Student Route visa to study in the UK should apply to UHI Orkney and must be based there during their studies.
- For more information, or if you have any questions about studying archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 35 hours per week
- Part-time: 8 years @ 12 to 18 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?
- North Highland
- Outer Hebrides
- West Highland
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£915|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£305|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) 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, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,542.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. Students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Year||Level||2022-23 Full-time||With scholarship||2023-24 Full-time
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.
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||£13,020||£13,980|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,510||£6,990|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,170||£2,330|
Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.
Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.
You will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and accommodation associated in your participation in the field schools.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have completed your degree you might like to consider careers in:
- Archaeological contract units
- Archives and museums
- Social policy in national and local government
- Television and media
- Tourism and heritage management
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Archaeology and Sociology to the following postgraduate courses or to postgraduate research:
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The course content was probably the main thing that made it right for me, but the class sizes were important as well. I had a slight fear of having to sit in a big lecture hall, but with VC classes you don’t have that. I had considered other universities but the course content offered here was closer to what I wanted to study. My advice would be to have fun, get to know other people on your course, and never be afraid to ask for help.
Lucy Brayson, BA (Hons) Archaeology student.
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