Social Sciences BA (Hons)

UCAS code L300
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What is special about this course?

Are you curious about how society works and how and why people interact with one another in the way they do? If the answer is yes, then the BA (Hons) Social Sciences degree is for you.  Here you will study society, its people and institutions, which will give you an insight into the everyday life of our communities and workplaces.

You will focus on sociology, politics and psychology and develop transferable skills in problem solving, group working and communication which are highly valued by employers. There is strong emphasis on research methods which will give you the skills necessary to carry out independent research for your future career, including your dissertation in the fourth year.

There are also other options available to you including history and criminology.

Special features

  • You will develop your research and methodological skills, which you can take with you into your future career
  • You can specialise in particular disciplines as you progress through 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

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

Any recognised Access to HE course.

Year 1 - CertHE

The core modules are

  • Foundations of research

Plus one politics module:

  • Introduction to politics or
  • Ideas and ideologies in politics or
  • Evolving politics of the British Isles

One sociology module:

  • Making social lives Or
  • Understanding the social world Or
  • Family studies

One Psychology module:

  • Psychology A
  • Psychology B

You will also choose two option module from our range of humanities subjects

 

 

Year 2 - DipHE

The core modules are

  • Qualitative research methods

Plus two modules from your first discipline and two modules from your second, from te following options

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

One sociology module:

  • Sociological theory Or
  • Belief, culture and community Or

One Psychology modules

  • Social and evolutionary psychology Or
  • Practical research and analysis skills

You will also choose two option module from our range of humanities subjects

 

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Advanced social research methods

Plus two modules from your first discipline and two modules from your second, from te following options

Politic

  • Challenging liberal democracy: political ideas in a changing world
  • European politics
  • Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
  • Wars in the promised land

Sociology

  • Work and society
  • Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
  • Gender, crime and justice

Psychology

  • Psychology of criminal justice
  • Module from the BSc (Hons) Psychology

You will also choose two option module from our range of humanities subjects

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation. Plus two modules from your first discipline and two from your second discipline:

Politics

  • Principles and practice of global politics
  • Political theory
  • Terrorism and unconventional warfare

Sociology

  • Transforming regimes in Eastern Europe
  • Understanding crime: crime, culture and society
  • Restorative justics: ideas and values
  • Insider and outsiders in society
  • Visual research

Psychology

  • Developmental disorders
  • Abnormal psychology

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.


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.


Start date

September

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?

Many graduates from the BA (Hons) Social Science degree go on to further study in social sciences. You might also like to consider careers in teacher training or social work related employment.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Social Sciences degree to a range of taught postgraduate degrees including:

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I’ve always been very interested in people and society. In the later years of high school I found myself with a natural interest in politics and history, and wanting to understand social constructs that make up societies.

Social science is so diverse; the qualification can provide you with more options than some other degrees. If you’re not sure what you want to do but you’re sure about what you’re interested in, social science is a great option as it can help you realise specifically what you want to do.

Lindsay Roches, BA (Hons) Social Sciences student, Perth College UHI campus.

Apply for Social Sciences BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 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

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