Scottish History and Literature BA (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

If you are passionate about Scotland's past and about reading and would like to turn this interest into a career, the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature is ideal.

You will study Scottish literature and Scottish history in a global context, comparing Scotland with the wider world in both disciplines.

The degree cover a range of approaches, from thematic modules that cover a variety of places and historical periods, to concentrated and in-depth studies of a particular group of authors or historical periods.

You will also study language, translation and the interrelation of Scots, Gaelic, English and other languages in Scotland, as well as different approaches to and studies of medieval, early modern and modern history.

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 study prose, poetry and Scottish history, with optional modules available in drama, Gaelic literature and other related disciplines
  • Opportunities for more focused study of specific literary and historical genres will be available in your third and fourth years
  • 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

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 subjects. These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting.
  • 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 Scottish history modules:

  • What is history? Plus
  • Scottish history 1066-1603 Or
  • Scottish history 1603 - 20th century

You will also study the following two literature modules:

  • Theories of literature: an introduction
  • Travellers in the wilderness: literature and the theme of exile

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

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following Scottish history modules:

  • Historians and history Plus
  • Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic Or
  • Land and people: the Scottish Highlands 1800-2000s

You will also study two literature modules which may include:

  • Male ideals and female desires in medieval poetry
  • An introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy
  • Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary

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

Year 3 - BA

The core Scottish history module, Public History, must be taken if you want to complete a Scottish history dissertation in the honours year, otherwise, you can choose up to three modules in Scottish history and three in literature. You may choose one history option in place of a Scottish history module.

Scottish history modules may include:

  • Crown-magnate relations in later medieval northern Scotland
  • Scots in North America
  • Emigration from the Highlands and Islands since 1750
  • Scots in Poland, Poles in Scotland
  • The sovereignty of the sea?

Literature modules may include:

  • Gaoir nam ban: Gaelic women's poetry 1644-1746
  • Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750-1830
  • Psychogeography and the city
  • Modern times: popular culture and modernism
  • Children's literature

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

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

Scottish history modules may include:

  • The empire strikes back: how the British Empire shaped Scotland
  • The art of display
  • Merchants, mariners and maritime marauders: Scottish trade in the early modern period
  • The Highland wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations
  • Culture and Christianity in the Highlands and Islands
  • The seventeenth century in the Highlands

Literature modules may include:

  • Pushing boundaries
  • Avant-garde literature
  • Past and present: historiography
  • Postmodernism

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. 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

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) Scottish History and Literature, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching and education
  • The media
  • Publishing
  • Creative arts
  • Marketing and PR
  • Government (local and national)
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Museums and the heritage sector

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature to the following postgraduate courses;

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Apply for Scottish History and Literature 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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