Culture, Heritage and Archaeology BA (Hons)
UCAS code V90A
What is special about this course?
This joint degree gives 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 heritage of the region, you will also acquire the practical skills required for archaeological 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 in both disciplines through your studies and fieldwork. Your research skills will be refined throughout the course, enhancing your career prospects as well as equipping you for progression to postgraduate study.
- Study Highlands and Islands culture, heritage and archaeology in a global context
- Undertake highly practical modules, allowing you to develop 'on-the-job' skills needed by the modern archaeologist
- Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path, including an optional museum studies module
- Study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
- Individual modules can be studied for personal and 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 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
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Archaeology with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6:
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study two core culture and heritage modules:
- Scotland: the brand OR What is culture?
- Languages of the Highlands and Islands OR Scotland's music
You will also study two core archaeology modules:
- Archaeological theory and method AND one of the following:
- Historic landscapes
- World archaeology
- European prehistories
- Archaeology and the lab (subject to validation)
You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio
Year 2 - DipHE
You will study the following core modules:
Culture and heritage
- Tradition, custom and belief PLUS one of the following:
- Images of Scotland: constructing heritage through photographs
- Golden mead and burning hearts
- Languages on the edge
- Displaying the past: museum studies (subject to numbers)
- Excavation skills - normally taken during the Summer vacation prior to the commencement of year two, at a site location off-campus. You will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence associated with your participation in this two-week module - PLUS one of the following:
- Scottish archaeology
- Managing archaeology for contemporary society
- Digital heritage
You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio
Year 3 - BA
You will study one core module in culture and heritage:
- Interdisciplinary project (you can substitute this module for one from the list below if you choose to take the archaeology project option)
PLUS two options which may include:
- Perceptions of heritage
- Visions of the past
- Scotland in film
- The Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society*
- People and the natural environment*
* modules run on alternate years
PLUS two core archaeology modules:
- Archaeological sciences
- Archaeology and interpretation AND one of the following:
- Pre-history of the highlands and islands
- Historical archaeology of the highlands and islands
- Project (archaeology)
- Practical environmental archaeology (subject to validation)
You will also choose one option module from across the range of humanities subjects
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in culture and heritage or archaeology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.
Culture and heritage modules:
- A tour of the highlands
- Contemporary Scottish poetry (subject to minimum numbers)
- Celtic and Celtic revival art in Scotland 600-2000 (subject to minimum numbers)
- People, plants and animals (runs January 2018)
- Gaelic legacy (runs January 2019)
- Funerary and burial archaeology
- Maritime archaeology and heritage of Northern Scotland
- Iron Age of Scotland c. 800 BC - 800 AD
- Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic
- Landscape archaeology
- Neolithic Orkney
- Sustainability past and present
How will I study my course?
- 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
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
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|
|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:
**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) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
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.
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||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,940|
**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.
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) Culture, Heritage and Archaeology, you might like to consider careers in:
- Archaeological field unit
- Museums and archives
- Developer-funded archaeology
- Journalism and the media
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Archaeology to the following postgraduate courses:
- MSc Archaeological Practice
- MLitt Archaeological Studies
- MLitt Highlands and Islands Culture
- MLitt Highlands and Islands Literature
- MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands
- MLitt History and Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
- MLitt Island Studies
- MLitt Orkney and Shetland Studies
- MLitt Viking Studies
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What our students, graduates and staff say
I love Shetland and couldn’t really imagine living in a city. This course allows me to study while continuing to work and live in the same place. Through my work I have a passion for Shetland and the History of the Highlands and Islands, so this course seemed to be the perfect progression in my education.
Ailish Parham, BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage student.
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