Culture, Heritage and Archaeology BA (Hons)

UCAS code V9V4
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What is special about this course?

This joint degree gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in both the cultural and physical identities of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. As well as exploring the fascinating and varied cultural heritage of the region, you will also acquire the practical skills required for archaeological fieldwork, surveying and post excavation.

Archaeology is closely linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands, as well as wider Scotland, and you will develop a wealth of skills in both disciplines through your studies and fieldwork. Your research skills will be refined throughout the course enhancing your career prospects as well as equipping you for progress to postgraduate study.

Special features

  • Study Highlands and Islands culture, heritage and archaeology in a global context
  • Undertake highly practical modules allowing you to focus on the ‘on-the-job’ skills needed by the modern archaeologist
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path, including an optional museum studies module
  • Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studies 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
  • These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting. 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

Culture and heritage modules, from which you choose two, include:

  • Scotland the Brand
  • Languages in the Highlands and Islands
  • What is culture?
  • Scotland's music

You will also study two of the following archaeology modules:

  • Archaeological theory and method
  • Historic landscapes
  • World archaeology
  • European prehistories
  • Archaeology and the lab (subject to validation)

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

Year 2 - DipHE

You will choose two of the following culture and heritage subjects:

  • Images of Scotland: constructing heritage through photographs
  • Tradition, custom and belief
  • Language, culture and identity
  • Languages on the edge
  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Displaying the past: museum studies

Archaeology subjects, from which you will choose two, may include:

  • Excavation skills
  • Scottish archaeology
  • Managing archaeology for contemporary society
  • Digital heritage
  • Wetland archaeology (subject to validation)

You will study two further option modules from a range of archaeology, culture and other humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You will undertake an extended writing module in one of the disciplines – a culture and heritage interdisciplinary project or an archaeological project.

Depending on which discipline you choose to do your project in, you will choose two or three culture and heritage modules. The list below gives an indication of the modules; however, availability rotates each year for some modules:

  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Visions of the past
  • Scotland in film
  • Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society*
  • People and the natural environment*

* modules run on alternate years

You will also choose two or three Archaeology subjects (depending on your project choice). The list below gives an indication of some of the modules which may be available:

  • Archaeological sciences
  • Archaeology and interpretation
  • Prehistory of the Highlands and Islands
  • Historical archaeology of the Highland and Islands

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in culture and heritage or Scottish history. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. The following lists show all the options, however they are again available on a rotation basis each year.

Culture and Heritage subjects may include:

  • Visual research methods
  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Contemporary Scottish poetry
  • Celtic and Celtic revival art in Scotland 600-2000
  • Runes – voices from the past*
  • Highland journeys*
  • Faeries and fables – the story of Gaelic literature*
  • People, plants and animals*

* modules run on alternate years

Archaeology subjects may include:

  • Funerary and burial archaeology
  • Maritime archaeology and heritage of North Scotland
  • People, plants and animals
  • Iron Age of Scotland c800BC-800AD
  • Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Neolithic Orkney
  • Sustainability, past and present

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • 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.

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 4 Years
  • Part Time (structured): 8 Years

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)


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

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:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**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) -  £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

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.


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:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000 £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040 £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680 £1,750

***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 the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Archaeology, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Archaeological field unit
  • Tourism
  • Research
  • Museums and Archives
  • Developer-funded archaeology
  • Journalism and the media

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.

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