History and Politics BA (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

This joint honours degree in history and politics offers you the chance to study two distinct but complementary subjects, based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, yet with an international approach that will prepare you for life and employment beyond university.

As you progress through the course, you will choose from a combination of modules, equally balanced between history and politics. You will study the history and politics of Scotland, Britain, Europe, North Atlantic and North America.

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.

Special features

  • 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 politics
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
  • The Centre for History holds regular research seminars to which students are welcome. There are opportunities to volunteer at local museums and archives as well as occasional formal opportunities. In 2017 one student won a two-week archival internship at Mount Stuart alongside undergraduates from other Scottish universities. Occasional (voluntary) field-trips in the university's region enhance the experience of your degree.

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.

Access routes

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) with grades BBC and eight units passed at SCQF level 6:

  • Access to Arts and Humanities; and Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic at Newbattle Abbey College
  • Access to Degree Studies at Forth Valley College
  • Access to Humanities at Perth College UHI
  • Access to Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) at Fife College
  • Access to Languages with Business; Languages, Arts and Social Sciences; and Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to University Study; and Community, Education and Humanities at Dundee & Angus College
  • NQ Access to Social Sciences; and Teaching at West Lothian College
  • NQ Access to Social Sciences

Access to Christian Theology at our university and other relevant humanities access courses will also be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following core history modules: 

  • What is history? PLUS
  • A middle age: Europe 1000-1500 OR
  • People, power and protest, themes in modern British history

You will study the following politics modules:

  • The evolving politics of the British Isles PLUS
  • Introduction to politics OR
  • Ideas and ideologies in politics

You will also choose two further option modules from a range of history, politics and other humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core history modules:

  • Historians and history PLUS
  • Themes in American history OR
  • A curious age: European society and culture, c1500-1750

You will study the following politics modules:

  • Scottish politics before and after the independence referendum
  • History of political ideas

You will also choose two further option modules from a range of history, politics 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 history and three politics modules. You may take one Scottish history module in place of one history module.

History modules may include:

  • Queer Britannia: gender, sexuality and performative identities in Britain, 1800-1950
  • A study of things: material culture of medieval and early modern Europe
  • War and chivalry in medieval Britain and France
  • Cultural centres and economic powerhouses: London, Hamburg and Amsterdam during the early modern period
  • Alps, hills and plain? Central Europe to 1918
  • Crime, custom and conflict, 1700-1850

You will also choose three politics modules which may include:

  • Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
  • Comparisons between Scotland and Ireland
  • Wars of the promised land
  • Challenging liberal democracy

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or politics. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. You may choose one Scottish history option in place of a history option.

History options may include:

  • War cruel and sharp: a military history of the Hundred Years' War
  • Gender in American culture and society, 1776-1917
  • Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
  • Lordship, colony, kingdom: the making of Ireland
  • Through a glass darkly: the medieval film

Politics subjects may include:

  • Terrorism and unconventional warfare
  • Transforming regimes in eastern Europe
  • Political theory
  • Geopolitics: territory, security and strategy

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)

You will study this course through a combination of face-to-face and video conference seminars, as well as online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which is supported by your tutors and student adviser. 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
  • Part time (unstructured): 10 hours per module

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.


Fees

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:

Degrees2016-172017-18*
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:

  Level2016-172017-18
    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.

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) History and Politics course, 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
  • Research
  • Media and politics
  • Museums and libraries

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) History and Politics to the following postgraduate courses:

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Apply for History and Politics BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2018 or Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

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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