Sociology and Theology BA (Hons)
UCAS code L30T
What is special about this course?
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. The joint degree you will study the development, structure, and functioning of human society as well as the study and impact of the main disciplines of Christian theology.
- You will develop your research and methodological skills, which you can take with you into your future career
- You can specialise in particular disciplines as you progress through your studies
- You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or 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
- 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
Any recognised Access to HE course, such as Access to Christian Theology at our university or other relevant humanities access courses, will also be considered on an individual basis.
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Understanding the social world
- Making social lives
- Introduction to systematic theology
You will choose one option module in theology from the following:
- Jesus and the Gospels
- The Pentateuch
- Understanding worship
You will also choose one option module from our range of humanities subjects.
Year 2 - DipHE
The core modules are:
- Qualitative research methods
- Sociological theory Or Belief, culture and communities
- Early church history. Plus two of the following
- Old testament prophecy
- Person and work of Christ
- Pauline theology
- Exploring other faiths
Plus one option module from across our humanities subjects
Year 3 - BA
You will study the following core modules:
- Work and society
- Advanced social research
- Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
- Theological project, plus two from the following
- Christian spirituality, an overview
- Scottish church history
- Wisdom literature
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in sociology or theology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.
- Insiders and outsiders in society
- Visual research (subject to numbers)
- Restorative justice
- Understanding crime
- Network society: mass media and the information age
Theology modules may include:
- Christian ethics
- The Holy Spirit and the word
- Medieval church history
- Guided Reading
How will I study my course?
- 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 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 your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Many graduates from this degree go on to postgraduate study or research. You might also like to consider careers in teacher training or social work-related employment.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
Apply for Sociology and Theology BA (Hons)
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.