History and Politics BA (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

This joint honours degree in History and Politics offers you the chance to study two distinct but complementary subjects, based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, yet with an international approach that will prepare you for life and employment beyond university.

As you progress through the course, you will choose from a combination of modules, equally balanced between history and politics. You will study the history and politics of Scotland, Britain, Europe, North Atlantic and North America.

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and VC classes at your college and individual online study via  the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and studies adviser.

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.

Special features

  • History modules are taught by experts from the UHI Centre for History
  • This joint honours degree gives you a broad understanding and skills base in global issues in history and politics
  • You can study full time or part time to suit 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.

Access routes

Any recognised Access to HE course.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will choose two history subjects which 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

Politics subjects may include:

  • Conflict and Balance of Power in Europe, 1789 to 1945
  • Introduction to politics
  • Politics of the British Isles

Year 2 - DipHE

History subjects, from which you will choose two, 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

Politics subjects may include:

  • Comparative politics
  • Scottish politics
  • History of political ideas

Year 3 - BA

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

  • Histographical essay
  • 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 three politics subjects may include:

  • Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
  • Comparisons between Scotland and Ireland
  • Wars of the 'Promised Land'
  • Modern political ideas

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or politics. 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

Politics subjects may include:

  • Terrorism and unconventional warfare
  • Transforming regimes in eastern Europe
  • Political theory
  • Principles and issues of global politics

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)

You will study this course through a combination of face-to-face and video conference seminars, as well as online study through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE), which is supported by your tutors and student adviser.

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part time (unstructured): 10 hours per module

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.

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 your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) History and Politics course, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider.  Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Media and politics
  • Museums and libraries

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) History and Politics to the following postgraduate course:

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for History and Politics 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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