Archaeology with Gaelic Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS code V40G
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What is special about this course?

Most of our humanities subjects can be studied as joint honours as well as single honours. Joint honours programmes give you the opportunity to combine two subjects, which complement your interests or career goals. You will usually concentrate on both subjects equally. It can be possible to transfer between single and joint honours options, usually during your first or second year, and advice will be available from your personal academic tutor.

This joint degree covers:    

  • Archaeology: exploration of a range of archaeological skills such as fieldwork, surveying and post-excavation, mapped to the current occupational standards for archaeology    
  • Gaelic: Gaelic language learning as well as modules relating to the culture,  history and literature of the Gaelic Highlands and Islands. 

Special features

  • Opportunity to gain ‘on-the-job’ skills such as surveying, fieldwork and post excavation
  • Our studies are linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands region in a global context
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Opportunity to learn Gaelic
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 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 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

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core module is:

  • Archaeological theory and method

You will also choose two archaeology option modules, which may include:

  • Historic landscapes
  • World archaeology
  • European prehistories
  • Science and archaeology

Gaelic modules available are:

  • Gaelic story and song
  • The Gaelic world 1
  • Gaelic for learners 1A
  • Gaelic for learners 1B

Year 2 - DipHE

Core module is:

  • Excavation skills (compulsory): taken during Summer vacation at a site location off-campus. You will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence associated with your participation in this two-week module.

You will choose two archaeology option modules, which may include:    

  • Scottish archaeology
  • Digital heritage
  • Managing archaeology for contemporary society
  • Wetland archaeology

Gaelic modules may include:

  • Gaelic for learners 2A
  • Gaelic for learners 2B
  • The Gaelic world 2
  • Folklore
  • Introduction to Gaelic poetry

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Archaeology and interpretation
  • Archaeological sciences

You will choose one archaeology option module, which may include:

  • Pre-history of the Highlands and Islands
  • Historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
  • Archaeology project
  • Archaeology placement
  • Practical environmental archaeology

Gaelic modules may include:

  • Traditional culture
  • Nationalism and national identity
  • Language awareness

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in archaeology or Gaelic.

You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.

  • Archaeology option modules may include:
  • Sustainability past and present
  • Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic
  • Funerary and burial archaeology
  • Maritime archaeology and heritage of Northern Scotland
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Neolithic Orkney
  • The Iron Age of Scotland c800BC-800AD
  • Peoples, plants and animals
  • Biomolecular archaeology

Gaelic optional modules may include:  

  • Traditional Gaelic culture in the 21st century
  • Language policy in the workplace

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change to how the course will be delivered next year. From September 2020, you will study mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference seminars, as well as online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors and student advisor
  • For more information, or if you have any questions about studying archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands, please contact us at: studyarchaeology@uhi.ac.uk

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): Variable

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

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:

Degrees2019-202020-21
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, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Full-timeLevel2019-202020-21
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

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 while 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:

  2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

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 UHI partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

  • Excavation Skills is a Core module in the summer between first and second year and you would be expected to travel to a fieldschool to complete the module. Therefore, there will be associated costs for travel and accommodation.
  • Practical Environmental Archaeology is an optional module in the summer between second and third year and you would be expected to travel to Orkney to complete the module. Therefore, there will be associated costs for travel and accommodation.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have completed your degree you might like to consider careers in:

  • Archaeological contract units
  • Consultancy
  • Archives and museums
  • Government agencies and local authorities
  • Media and politics
  • Creative arts
  • Marketing and PR
  • Tourism and heritage management
  • Teaching
  • Research

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Archaeology with Gaelic Studies to the following postgraduate courses or to postgraduate research:    

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