History BA (Hons)

UCAS code V210
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What is special about this course?

If you are interested in studying various periods of the past, then the BA (Hons) History degree is exactly what you are looking for. Throughout the course you will investigate the cultural, political, social and economic history of Britain, Europe, North America and the wider world.

In the first and second years, you will follow a traditional broad approach to the study of history from the medieval to the modern period. In years three and four, you will examine in-depth particular topics of history, allowing you to study specific places, periods and themes which reflect staff research specialisms.

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

  • You will have the opportunity to focus on the history of Britain and the links to Europe and the wider world
  • The course is taught by recognised experts from the university's Centre for History
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal or professional development
  • You will gain and polish your research skills
  • 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) fieldtrips 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

Students must study the following core modules:

  • What is History?
  • A Middle Age: Europe 1000-1500
  • People, power and protest: themes in modern British history

You will also choose three further option modules, one from Scottish history and two from other humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

Students must study the following core modules:

  • Historians and History
  • Themes in American History
  • A Curious Age: Europe 1600-1789

You will also choose three further option modules, one from Scottish history and two from other humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include those listed below, however availability rotates each year:

  • Public history
  • Queer Britannia: gender, sexuality and performative identities in Britain, 1800-1950
  • A study of things
  • 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 may also select one Scottish history module in place of a history option.

You may also choose one further option module from other humanities subjects.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Modules may include those listed below, however availability rotates each year:

  • 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

You may also choose one Scottish history module in place of a history option. You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

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

You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is a weekly two hour timetabled VC 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: 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.


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 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) History course, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider in industry sectors including:

  • Teaching
  • Archiving
  • Research
  • Government positions
  • Museums and libraries sector
  • Media and journalism

Can I progress into further study?

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

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for History BA (Hons)

I want to start in 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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