Scottish Cultural Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS code V900
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This exciting and award-winning BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies degree course has the cultural identity of the Highlands and Islands and its communities at its heart.

You will be introduced to the broad cultural issues affecting the region, set in the context of Scotland, the British Isles, the North Atlantic Rim and further afield.  In later years of the course, you will be able to focus on specific aspects of culture including archaeology, music and literature.

This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the varied and fascinating cultural identity of the Highlands and Islands as you live and study among its people and communities.

Special features

  • You have the opportunity to attain an unprecedented level of understanding of the region and its driving issues on a course widely acknowledged and recognised for quality and originality
  • You can study Highlands and Islands culture and heritage in a global context
  • Flexible choices enable you to develop key strengths as you progress through the degree towards your chosen career
  • You can opt to take an excavation and museum studies placement as part of 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

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • These must include English
  • Prior learning or experience is also taken into account

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Scottish literature and society
  • Languages of the Highlands and Islands
  • What is culture?
  • Scotland's music

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include:

  • Interdisciplinary project
  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Letters home (colonial literature)
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Ethnobotany
  • Scotland in film
  • The Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society
  • Scots, Orcadian and Shetlandic

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Medieval literature of the Highlands and Islands
  • Traditional custom and belief
  • Language, culture and identity
  • Images of Scotland


Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation.

Modules may include:

  • The Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Editing older Scots
  • Visual research methods
  • Contemporary Scottish poetry

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • You will study this course through video conference lectures and tutorials and online study through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE) 
  • This will be supplemented with face-to-face teaching

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.

How much will my course cost?

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:

Degrees 2014-15 2015-16
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*

*subject to change

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.

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level 2014-15 2015-16
Year 1 CertHE £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,290 (2014-15); £1,320 (2015-16)

Online** degree  3 - 4 years

Applies to RUK students studying online without a term-time address in Scotland

2014-15 2015-16
Full-time online per year (120 credits)  £4,680 £4,800
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £780 £800


**note that not all degrees can be studied online

International students

(students not living in the UK or European Union)

3 - 4 year degree 2014-15
On site***
Full-time per year (120 credits) £8,700 £8,800
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,450 £1,480




***Students with a term-time address in Scotland

Further information on international course fees

What funding can I apply for?

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) Scottish Cultural Studies course, you might like to consider careers in

  • Primary teaching
  • Secondary teaching in English, history and modern studies
  • Journalism and the media
  • Tourism
  • Museums and archives
  • Research

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students are saying

The lecturers possess vast knowledge of their subject areas and are more than happy to take time out and speak to the students. It is a very relaxedand friendly atmosphere which allows the student and lecturer to really get to know each other.

Adam Mathers, (BA Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies

Apply for Scottish Cultural Studies BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2015 or Jan/Feb 2016

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.

Search again