History and Archaeology BA (Hons)

UCAS code VV04
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What is special about this course?

If you’re interested in delving into the past using different methods, this joint honours degree gives you an excellent grounding in the study and practice of history and archaeology.

You will explore history from the medieval to the modern period focusing on the cultural, political, social and economic history of Britain, Europe and the wider world.

You will also develop a wide range of archaeological skills such as fieldwork, surveying and post-excavation, which are mapped to the current occupational standards for archaeology, increasing your employability after graduation.

Special features

  • A highly practical course focusing on the ‘on-the-job’ skills you need to pursue a career in archaeology or history
  • You can study full time or part time, with some modules available entirely online, so you can fit your studies round 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 Sciences plus 3 additional SQA credits, adding up to 120 points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

Year 1 - CertHE

History subjects, from which you will choose two, may include:

  • Renaissances, reformations and revolts: Europe, c.1100-1789
  • People, power and protest: themes in modern British history
  • The Atlantic world, c. 1492-1800: the old world meets the new

You will also choose two archaeology subjects may include:

  • World archaeology
  • Archaeological theory and method
  • Historic landscapes

You will study two further option modules from a range of history, archaeology and other humanities subjects.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will choose two history subjects which may include:

  • Clash of civilisations: Europe and the Muslim world, 1100-1700
  • From Champlain to Vimy Ridge: a history of Canada
  • Travelling cultures, global diasporas

Archaeology subjects, from which you will choose two, may include:

  • Scottish archaeology
  • Contemporary archaeology
  • Digital Heritage
  • Excavation Skills (summer modules, run prior to commencement of the second year) 

You will study two further option modules from a range of history, archaeology and other humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You must undertake an extended writing module in one of the disciplines - a histographical essay or archaeology project.

Depending on whether you opt to do the histographical essay, you will choose two or three history modules which may include:

  • Migration and mobility in modern Britain
  • War and chivalry in medieval Britain and France
  • Cultural centres and economic powerhouses: London, Hamburg and Amsterdam during the early modern period
  • Alps, Hills and Plain? Central Europe to 1918
  • Crime, custom and conflict, 1700-1850

You will also choose two or three archaeology subjects (depending on whether you elect to do the project in this discipline) which may include:

  • Prehistory of the Highlands and Islands
  • Archaeological sciences
  • Archaeology and interpretation
  • Historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or archaeology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. The following lists show all the options, however they are again available on a rotation basis each year.

History options may include:

  • Britain’s empire: colonies and consequences, 1783-1950
  • The "Troubles": politics, culture and conflict in Northern Ireland, 1965-2010
  • Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
  • Lordship, colony, kingdom
  • Gender in American culture and society

Archaeology subjects may include:

  • Sustainability past and present
  • Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Neolithic Orkney
  • People, plants and animals

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 UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 4 Years 
  • Part Time: 8 Years

How much will my course cost?

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:

Degrees 2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
£1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £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:

Level 2016-17
    Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours 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)

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
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680

***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.

What funding can I apply for?

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?

On successful completion of the BA (Hons) History and Archaeology you may like to consider career opportunities in:

  • Teaching 
  • Research
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Archaeological Contract Units
  • Consultancy
  • Archives & Museums
  • Government agencies and Local authorities
  • Tourism and Heritage management

 

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) History and Archaeology to the following postgraduate courses:

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for History and Archaeology BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 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

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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