Sociology and Politics BA (Hons)

UCAS code L30P
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What is special about this course?

If you are interested in the social and political world, the BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics gives you the opportunity to study a range of subjects to increase your knowledge of people, politics and society.

You will study a range of themes, methods and subjects, investigating important social and political issues such as poverty, crime, terror and freedom.

Special features

  • The joint honours degree in two complementary subjects will give you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
  • 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.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Understanding the social world
  • Making social lives
  • Introduction to politics Or Ideas and ideologies in politics
  • Evolving politics of the British Isles

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

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Sociological theory Or Belief, culture and communities
  • History of political ideas
  • Scottish politics before and after the independence referendum

Plus two option modules from across the humanities subjects

 

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Advanced social research methods
  • Work and society
  • Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues

Plus two additional politics modules from the following:

  • Challenging liberal democracy: political ideas in a changing world
  • European politics
  • Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
  • British military history in the 20th Century
  • Wars in the promised land
  • Political sociology (subject to numbers)

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in sociology or politics. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.

Sociology

  • Insiders and outsiders in society
  • Visual research (subject to numbers)
  • Restorative justice
  • Understanding crime

Politics

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

 

How will I study my course?

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

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and 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
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years

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) Sociology 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 and research
  •  Television and media
  •  Social policy in national and local government
  •  Marketing

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Apply for Sociology 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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