History and Archaeology BA (Hons)

UCAS code V21A

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.

In the BA (Hons) History and Archaeology you will explore history from the medieval to the modern period, focusing on the cultural, political, social and economic history of Scotland, Britain, Europe and the Atlantic World. In addition, you can choose to specialise in Scottish History at upper level, enabling you to graduate with a BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology. 

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
  • You can specialise in Scottish History at the upper levels to enable you to exit with a Scottish History and Archaeology degree 
  • The humanities staff at UHI specialise in high quality video-conference teaching supported by a dynamic virtual learning environment and expansive online resources 
  • There are opportunities to volunteer at local museums and archives, and occasional voluntary field trips in the university's region also enhance the experience of your degree 
  • Exciting new modules based on staffs' cutting-edge research are offered at upper level

Accommodation

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
  • 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

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.

Other relevant humanities access courses will also be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following history modules:

  • What is history? PLUS
  • A Middle Age: Europe 1000-1500 OR
  • People, power and protest: themes in modern British history

You will also study the following archaeology modules:

  • Archaeological theory and method PLUS
  • Historic landscapes OR
  • World archaeology OR
  • European prehistories

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

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following history modules:

  • Historians and history PLUS
  • Themes in American history OR
  • A curious age: European society and culture, c1500-1750

You will also study the following archaeology modules:

  • Excavation skills (compulsory); normally taken during the Summer vacation prior to the commencement of year two, 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. PLUS:
  • Scottish archaeology OR
  • Managing archaeology for contemporary society OR
  • Digital heritage

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

Year 3 - BA

You will study:

  • one of the two core modules (either Public history or Archaeology project)
  • two core Archaeology modules
  • a further three modules, ensuring a balance of three History and three Archaeology modules in total.

History modules may include:

  • Queer Britannia: gender, sexuality and performative identities in Britain, 1800-1950
  • A study of things: material culture of medieval and early modern Europe
  • War and chivalry in medieval Britain and France
  • Alps, hills and plain? Central Europe to 1918
  • Crime, custom and conflict, 1700-1850
  • Crown-Magnate relations in later medieval Northern Scotland 
  • The Jacobites: patriots, rebels or opportunists? 
  • Scots in North America 

Students wishing to specialise in Scottish History at Level 10 are advised to take at least one Scottish History option and undertake a Scottish topic for your Public History project, or two Scottish History options if you are not taking Public History.

You will take the following core Archaeology modules:

  • Archaeological sciences
  • Archaeology and interpretation

Archaeology options may include:

  • Pre-history of the Highlands and Islands
  • Archaeology placement - you will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence associated with your participation in this module
  • Historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or archaeology. This is a double-credit module that runs across both semesters. 

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

History modules may include:

  • Fight the power: music and politics of Black America
  • War cruel and sharp: a military history of the Hundred Years' War
  • Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
  • Lordship, colony, kingdom: the making of Ireland
  • Reaching the estate of manhood in late Medieval and early modern Europe
  • The Norman diaspora: conquest, colonisation and assimilation
  • The empire strikes back: how the British Empire shaped Scotland  
  • Noble, rebel, king: Robert Bruce and medieval Scotland 
  • The Highland land wars: origins, aftermath and interpretations 

If you wish to exit with a BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology degree you must undertake a Scottish History dissertation plus at least one further Scottish History and one History module, OR, if you are undertaking an Archaeology dissertation, two of the three History modules must be in Scottish History.

Archaeology modules may include:

  • Sustainability past and present
  • Vikings and Norse archaeology in the North Atlantic
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Neolithic Orkney
  • People, plants and animals
  • Iron Age of Scotland, c800BC-800AD

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and modules involving practical activity will be introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing. Where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • 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 which you should attend at your home campus. You will also undertake practical archaeology fieldwork and project work.
  • 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: 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.


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 - Dornoch and Thurso campuses
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Shetland UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • 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.
Degrees2020-212021-22
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-timeLevel2020-212021-22
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 students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

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:

  2020-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £12,000 £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,000 £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,000 £2,060

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 rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous 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.

Additional costs

Participation in any History field trips will be at the student’s own expense.

Students will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence associated with participation in the Archaeology Excavation Skills module and the Archaeology Placement.

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 and 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:

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