Culture, Heritage and History BA (Hons)

Course code V90H

What is special about this course?

Combining the complementary subjects of culture and heritage with history, this joint degree covers a wide range of subjects from early history through to the modern day.  You will explore culture, history, language, literature and much more, within a national and international context, preparing you for life beyond university. 

As you progress through the course, you will choose from a combination of modules, equally balanced between the two disciplines. You will have the opportunity to participate in an optional museum studies module, as well as possible volunteering positions across the Highlands.

Please see our FAQ sheet for further information on this course.

Special features

  • Study culture, heritage and history in a global context
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
  • Gain and polish your research skills
  • Study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal and 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
  • 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

Access routes

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

You will study the following modules.

Culture and Heritage

  • Scotland: the brand OR What is culture? (S1)
  • Culture. Heritage. What? OR Scotland's music (S2)


  • What is history?

PLUS one of the following:

  • A Middle Age? Europe c. 1000-1500
  • People, power and protest: themes in modern British history
  • Empire, environment and identity: Scotland 1600-2000

You will choose a further two option modules from a range of history, culture and heritage and other humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following modules.

Culture and Heritage

  • Tradition, custom and belief OR Folklore (S1)

Plus one of the following (S2):

  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Languages on the edge
  • Displaying the past: museum studies


  • Historians and history
  • A curious age: Europe 1500-1789
  • Themes in American history
  • Introduction to medieval and early modern Scotland

You will choose a further two option modules from a range of history, culture and heritage and other humanities subjects.


Year 3 - BA

You will study one of two core modules: 

  • Public history 
  • An interdisciplinary project 

You will also study a further five options, ensuring a balance of three Culture and Heritage and three History modules.

Modules may include the following options.

Culture and Heritage

  • Perceptions of heritage (S2)
  • Scotland in film (S1)
  • Celtic and Celtic revival art in Scotland 600-2000 (S2)
  • The Scottish enlightenment and Highland society (S2)


  • A study of things: material culture of medieval and early modern Europe
  • A clash of civilisations: the Crusades, c. 1096-1198
  • War and chivalry in Medieval Britain and France c1100-1400
  • Queer Britannia: gender, sexuality and performative identities in Britain, 1800-1950
  • Crime, custom and conflict, 1700 - 1850

Students wishing to specialise in Scottish History at Level 10 are advised to take at least one Scottish History option, plus undertake a Scottish topic for their Public History project, or two Scottish History options if they are not taking Public History.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in Culture and Heritage or History. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.

Modules may include the following options.

Culture and Heritage

  • Scottish tradition in philosophy (S1)
  • Highland journeys (S2)
  • Faeries and fables – the story of Gaelic literature (S1)
  • Vikings and Valkyries (S2)


  • Fight the power: music and the politics of black America
  • Gender in American culture and society 1776-1917
  • Lordship, colony, kingdom: the making of Ireland
  • Reaching the ‘estate of manhood’ in medieval and early modern Europe 
  • The Norman diaspora: conquest, colonisation and assimilation

If you wish to exit with a Culture, Heritage and Scottish History degree you must undertake a Scottish History dissertation plus one further Scottish History OR, if you are undertaking a Culture & Heritage dissertation, two of the three History modules must be in Scottish History.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • 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.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

The 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.

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll
  • HTC
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • 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.
  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £915 £915
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £305 £305

Rest of the UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £6,120 £6,120
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £1,020 £1,020

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK studying online from their home country, or living in the UK but assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

This includes EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK and EEA and Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £6,540 £6,960
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £1,090 £1,160

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK 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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies and History, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Tourism
  • Museums and archives
  • Journalism and the media

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