Culture, Heritage and History BA (Hons)

UCAS code V90H
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What is special about this course?

Combining the complementary subjects of culture and heritage with history, this joint degree covers a wide range of subjects from early history through to the modern day.  You will explore culture, history, language, literature and much more within a national and international context, preparing you for life beyond university. 

As you progress through the course, you will choose from a combination of modules, equally balanced between the two disciplines. You will have the opportunity to participate in an optional museum studies module, as well as possible volunteering positions across the Highlands.

Special features

  • Study culture, heritage and history in a global context
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
  • Gain and polish your research skills
  • Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal and professional development


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

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

You will study the following Culture and Heritage modules:

  • Scotland, the Brand Or
  • What is culture? Plus
  • Languages of the Highlands and Islands Or
  • Scotland's music

You will study the following history modules:

  • What is history? Plus
  • A Middle Age? Europe c1000-1500 Or
  • People, power and protest: themes in modern British history

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

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following Culture and Heritage modules:

  • Images of Scotland Or
  • Tradition, custom and belief. Plus one of the following
  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Languages on the edge
  • Displaying the past: museum studies

You will study the following history modules:

  • Historians and history plus
  • A curious age: Europe 1500-1789 Or
  • Themes in American history

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

Year 3 - BA

You will study one of the two core modules (either public history or a interdisciplinary project) and a further five options, ensuring a balance of three culture and heritage and three history modules. You may take one Scottish history module in place of one history module.

Culture and Heritage modules may include:

  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Visions of the past
  • Scotland in film
  • Scottish enlightenment and Highland society*
  • People and the natural environment*

* modules run on alternate years

History modules may include:

  • A clash of civilisations: The Crusades, c.1096-1198
  • Cultural centres and economic powerhouses: London, Hamburg and Amsterdam during the early modern period
  • War and chivalry in Medieval Britain and France
  • Queer Britannia: gender, sexuality and performative identities in Britain, 1800-1950
  • This sporting life: identities, culture and sport in Britain and the Empire, 1850-2000
  • Books and blackboards: education in Britain and North America, 1700-1900
  • Alps, hills and plain: A history of central Europe
  • Expatriates or Europeans? The British and the Irish east of the river Rhine, c. 600-1688
  • Crime, custom and conflict 1700 - 1850


Year 4 - BA (Hons)

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

Culture and Heritage subjects may include:

  • A tour of the Highlands
  • Contemporary Scottish poetry (subject to minimum numbers)
  • Celtic and Celtic revival art in Scotland 600-2000 (subject to minimum numbers)
  • People, plants and animals (runs January 2018)
  • Gaelic legacy (runs January 2019)

History subjects may include:

  • Through a glass darkly: the medieval in film
  • War cruel and sharp: A military history of the Hundred Years’ War
  • Fight the power: music and the politics of black America
  • Wagner to pulp: music and identities in Britain and Europe
  • Gender in American culture and society
  • Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
  • Lordship, colony, kingdom: the making of Ireland

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.

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.


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:

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:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000
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 (2017-18) and £1,500 (2018-19).

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:

  2017-18 2018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500 £11,100
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,250 £5,550
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,750 £1,850

**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.


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 Cultural Studies and History, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Tourism
  • Museums and Archives
  • Journalism and the media

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Apply for Culture, Heritage and History 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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