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 course covers:
- Culture and heritage: cultural identity of the Highlands and Islands, its communities and issues affecting the region, within the context of Scotland, the British Isles and internationally
Literature: using a wide range of authors and texts, from classic to contemporary, explores literature in a global context, looking in-depth at language and literary history
- Gain a unique understanding of Scotland and the communities of the Highlands and Islands: the customs, traditions and values
- Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
- 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
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 literature modules:
- Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile
- Literary theory: history and practice
Plus two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio
Year 2 - DipHE
You will study the following core modules:
Culture and heritage
- Images of Scotland: constructing heritage through photographs OR
- Tradition, custom and belief PLUS one of the following:
- Golden mead and burning hearts
- Languages on the edge
- Displaying the past: museum studies (subject to numbers)
Literature, you will choose two from:
- Introduction to Gaelic poetry
- Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary
- Male ideals and female desires in medieval poetry
- Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy
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
Plus two options which may incude:
- 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
You will also study three literature modules, which may include:
- Gaoir nam ban: Gaelic women's poetry, 1644–1746
- Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
- Modern times: popular culture and modernism
- Psychogeography and the city
- Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750–1830
- Children's literature
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in culture and heritage or literature. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.
Culture and heritage modules may include:
- 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)
Literature modules may include:
- Pushing boundaries
- Avant-garde literature
- Past and present: historiography
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 tutorials 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 @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 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.
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|
*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.
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||£11,100||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,550||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,850||£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 your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Literature, you might like to consider careers in:
- Primary and secondary teaching in english, history and modern studies
- Journalism and the media
- Museums and archives
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Literature to the following postgraduate courses:
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