Scottish History and Sociology BA (Hons)
UCAS code V22S
What is special about this course?
By combining the two distinct but complementary subjects of Scottish history and sociology, this joint honours degree will give you a range of future employment, advanced study or research opportunities. You will study the two disciplines, based in the Highlands and Islands, yet with an international approach that will prepare you for life beyond university.
As you progress through the course, you will choose from a combination of modules, equally balanced between Scottish history and sociology.
Over two-thirds of the research conducted by the Centre for History was rated at 4 and 3*, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, in the latest assessment of UK university research quality.
The impact of our research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th, higher than Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. We are also the highest ranked new History department in the UK.
- Scottish history modules are taught by experts from the university's Centre for History
- This joint honours degree gives you a broad understanding and skills base in global issues in history and sociology
- You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
- Occasional voluntary history field-trips in the university's region enhance the experience of your degree
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.
Other relevant humanities access courses will also be considered on an individual basis.
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following Scottish history core modules:
- What is history? PLUS
- Scottish history, 1066-1603 OR
- Scottish history, 1603 - 20th century
You will study the following sociology core modules:
- The enquiring student
- Making social lives
Plus two further option modules from a range of history, politics, criminology and other humanities subjects.
Year 2 - DipHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Historians and history PLUS
- Land and people: the Scottish Highlands 1800-2000 OR
- Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic
- Sociological theory
- Beliefs, culture and community
You will choose two further option modules from a range of history, literature and other humanities subjects.
Year 3 - BA
You will study one of the two core modules (either Public history or Advanced social research methods) and a further five options, ensuring a balance of three Scottish history and three Politics modules. You may take one History module in place of one Scottish history module.
Scottish history modules may include:
- The Jacobites: patriots, rebels or opportunists?
- Scots in North America
- Emigration from the Highlands and Islands since 1750
- The sovereignty of the sea?
- Crown-magnate relations in later medieval northern Scotland
- Scots in Poland, Poles in Scotland
Sociology modules are:
- Frontiers, landscapes and journeys
- Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
- Work and society
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in Scottish history or Sociology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. You may choose one History option in place of a Scottish history option.
Scottish history modules may include:
- The Highland wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations
- Culture and Christianity in the Highlands and Islands
- The seventeenth century in the Highlands
- The empire strikes back: how the British Empire shaped Scotland
- Royal power, propaganda and performance: selling the Stewart Monarchy
- Merchants, mariners and maritime marauders: Scottish trade in the early modern period
- Noble, Rebel, King: Robert Bruce and Medieval Scotland
Sociology modules may include:
- Network Society: mass media and the information age
- Cultural criminology
- Insiders and outsiders in society
- Visual research
- Restorative justice
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. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module which students should attend at their 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
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 College UHI
- Highland Theological College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI - Dornoch and Thurso campuses
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, 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|
Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.
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) - £1,500.
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 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.
|Year||Level||2021-22 Full-time||With scholarship|
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||£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.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
Participation in any field trips will be at your own expense.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Scottish History and Sociology, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:
- Teaching and research
- Media and politics
- Local and national government
- Museums and libraries
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Sociology to the following postgraduate courses:
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