Literature and Sociology BA (Hons)

UCAS code Q32S

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:

  • 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.
  • Sociology: the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society

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Special features

  • You will study literature in an international context
  • You will be part of a vibrant research culture from your first semester
  • Opportunities to take part in field-trips every semester as well as involvement in academic conferences and an active Literature Society
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

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 subjects
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage

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 core modules:

Literature

  • Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile
  • Literary theory: history and practice

Sociology

  • Understanding the social world
  • Making social lives

You will also choose two further option modules from our range of humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study two literature modules, which may include:

  • 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

Plus two core sociology modules:

  • Sociology Theory Or Belief, Culture and Community
  • Qualitative Research

You will also choose two option modules from across our humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You will choose three literature modules, which may include:

  • Gaoir nam ban: Gaelic women's poetry 1644–1746
  • Imagining new worlds: Renaissance literature and thought
  • Psychogeography and the city
  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750–1830
  • Children's literature
  • Modern times: popular culture and modernism

You will also study three core sociology modules:

  • Advanced social research methods
  • Work and society
  • Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in literature or sociology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.

Literature modules may include:

  • Pushing boundaries
  • Postmoderism
  • Avant-garde literature
  • Past and present: historiography

Sociology 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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. As this course was designed using our blended learning approach it will be delivered through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. Further information will be provided by your home campus. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • 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 which you should attend at your home campus.

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.


Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

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.
Degrees2020-212021-22
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, 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:

Full-timeLevel2020-212021-22
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

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) - £1,500.

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 has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, 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 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

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:

  2020-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £12,000 £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,000 £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,000 £2,060

Part-time study is not open to international student 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.

Funding

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) Literature and Sociology, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching and education
  • Academia
  • Publishing
  • Museum and archives
  • Charities
  • The Media
  • Heritage sector
  • Creative arts
  • Marketing and PR
  • Government
  • Writer
  • Research

The highly developed critical, analytical and communication skills you will acquire through your studies will make you a strong candidate for a wide variety of careers.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Literature and Sociology to

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What our students, graduates and staff say

There are some amazing opportunities for students; from guest lecturers to workshops, courses and events. This year I’ve taken part in the Literature Society as President. We put on social activities and some campuses hold weekly book swapping meetings and there are larger events to attend such as the AyeWrite Festival in Glasgow. These are great ways to get to know and share your love of books with other like-minded students.

Carrie McWilliam, second year student, BA (Hons) Literature, Moray College UHI campus.

The university Literature Society allows students to develop and share their interests with other people. This can be done through trips to museums, galleries, festivals, the theatre or significant literary towns. It also allows students to get together and do something creative whether it is writing or performing short dramatic pieces. There's even the chance to just sit with a group of friends over a coffee and discuss a new and interesting text. The university Literature Society is a place where students can enhance their skills in a non-judgemental and relaxed environment. There are many roles within the society which means your opinion will always matter. It is your chance as a student to shape and develop the society and get the most out of your university experience.

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter (@UHILitSociety)

University Literature Society, President Natasha Ross (full-time year 2)

Time I spend on my studies is very precious and I use it well.

From medieval poetry to modern day novels, my first year at university has been an incredible experience and I am so happy to be able to link up with like-minded people from all over the country. That's the beauty of UHI; video conferencing that works and access to lectures from home makes studying a whole lot easier. The enthusiastic and helpful faculty have also helped make study a pleasurable experience, particularly when I have been out of the educational sphere for more than twenty years!

So why study literature at UHI?

If you enjoy reading and writing and would like to gain more insight to the literary world then you'll love this degree.

Discover hidden gems in Scottish and international literature...
Expand your mind...
Cultural trips and visits...
Explore and share your thoughts...
Form your own 'literary voice'.  Who knows where it will take you?

Morag Meldrum, part-time BAH Literature.

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