What is special about this course?
The BA (Hons) History and Criminology covers a range of approaches, from thematic modules that cover a variety of places and historical periods, to concentrated and in-depth studies of the changing nature of crime and the social, political, historical and individual forces behind these changes.
Over two-thirds of the research conducted by the Centre for History was rated at 4* and 3*, indicating ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, in the latest assessment of UK university research quality.
The impact of our research on the broader economy and society was ranked joint 8th, higher than Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. We are also the highest ranked new History department in the UK.
- The joint honours degree in two complementary subjects will give you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
- The degree can be studied full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or 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 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.
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) History and Criminology with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6:
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Access to Christian Theology at our university and other relevant humanities access courses will also be considered on an individual basis.
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following core 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 three core criminology modules:
- Introduction to criminological theory
- Comparative institutions of justice
- Foundations of research
You will study one further option module from a range of history, literature and other humanities subjects.
Year 2 - DipHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Historians and history Plus
- Themes in American history Or
- A curious age: European society and culture, c1500-1750
- History of crime and punishment
- Politics of policing
- Practical research and analysis skills
You will choose one further option module from a range of history, literature and other humanities subjects.
Year 3 - BA
You will study the core history module, Public history, plus two history option modules and three criminology core modules. You may take one Scottish history module in place of one history module.
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
- 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 can choose to take one module from the Scottish history options
Criminology modules are:
- Psychology of criminal justice
- Gender, crime and justice
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in history or criminology. 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.
History modules may include:
- War cruel and sharp: a military history of the Hundred Years' War
- Gender in American Culture and Society, 1776-1917
- Death and destruction: the social impact of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
- Lordship, colony, kingdom: the making of Ireland
- Through a glass darkly: the medieval in film
Criminology modules may include:
- Restorative justice
- The darker side of the internet
- Understanding crime
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with the support of your tutors. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module which students should attend at their home campus.
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|
*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.
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:
**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) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
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.
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:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£11,100||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,550||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,850||£1,940|
**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) History and Criminology you might like to consider careers in:
- Teaching and education
- The media
- Creative arts
- Marketing and PR
- Government (local and national)
- Libraries and Archives
- Museums and the heritage sector
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) History and Crimonology to the following postgraduate courses;
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