Culture, Heritage and Politics BA (Hons)
Course code V90P
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 course covers:
- Culture and heritage: cultural identity of the Highlands and Islands, its communities and issues affecting the region, within the context of Scotland, the British Isles and internationally
Politics: how political structures and ideologies shapes our lives and are organised differently around the world
- Gain a unique understanding of Scotland and the communities of the Highlands and Islands: the customs, traditions and values
- Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
- 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 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 academic subjects
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
Advanced entry to year two:
- HNC Social Sciences (12 SQA credits) with 3 additional SQA 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 modules.
Culture and Heritage
- Scotland the brand OR What is culture? (S1)
- Culture. Heritage. What? OR Scotland's music (S2)
- Introduction to politics OR Ideas and ideologies in politics
- The evolving politics of the British Isles OR Conflict and the balance of power in Europe 1789-1945
Plus two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.
Year 2 - DipHE
You will study the following core modules.
Culture and Heritage
- Tradition, custom and belief OR Folklore (S1)
You will also choose one of the following (S2):
- Golden mead and burning hearts
- Languages on the edge
- Displaying the past: museum studies
- History of political ideas
- Scottish politics before and after the independence referendum
- Comparative politics OR Inside US politics
You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.
Year 3 - BA
You will study one core module:
- Interdisciplinary project (culture and heritage) OR
- Advanced social research methods (politics)
You will also study two options from your chosen core module subject plus two option modules from the other discipline.
Culture and Heritage
- Perceptions of heritage (S2)
- Scotland in film (S1)
- Celtic and Celtic Revival Art in Scotland 600-2000 (S2)
- The Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society (S2)*
- People and the natural environment*
* modules run on alternate years
- Challenging liberal democracy: political ideas in a changing world
- European politics
- Devolution, federalism and territorial politics: a comparative perspective
- Hot wars and cold wars: Britain and the military instrument, 1914-1989
- Wars in the promised land
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in Culture and Heritage or Politics. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.
Culture and Heritage
- Scottish tradition in philosophy (S1)
- Faeries and fables: the story of Gaelic literature (S1)
- Highland journeys (S2)
- Vikings and Valkyries (S2)
- Geopolitics: territory, security, strategy
- Political theory
- Terrorism and unconventional warfare
- Transforming regimes in Eastern Europe
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of scheduled video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is normally a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module.
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.
Where can I study my course?
- North, West and Hebrides
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£915|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£305|
Rest of the UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status the following fees apply:
|Full-time online per year (120 credit modules)||£6,120|
|Part-time online (per 20 credit module)||£1,020|
This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK) requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status, the following fees will apply:
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Full-time online per year (120 credit modules)||£6,540|
|Part-time online (per 20 credit module)||£1,090|
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.
Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Politics, you might like to consider careers in:
- Primary and secondary teaching in english, history and modern studies
- Journalism and the media
- Museums and archives
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Politics to the following postgraduate courses:
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
I love Shetland and couldn’t really imagine living in a city. This course allows me to study while continuing to work and live in the same place. Through my work I have a passion for Shetland and the History of the Highlands and Islands, so this course seemed to be the perfect progression in my education.
Ailish Parham, BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage student.
Apply for Culture, Heritage and Politics BA (Hons)
- Applications to this course are now closed for September 2023 entry. Applications for September 2024 will open in September 2023. Please revisit this page then to apply.
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.