History and Sociology BA (Hons)

UCAS code V21S
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What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) History and Sociology 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 development, structure, and functioning of human society.

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

  • 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
  • Occasional voluntary History field trips in the university's region enhance the experience of your degree

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 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.

PVG scheme membership may be required in order to take part in optional modules in year three.

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.

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 two core sociology modules:

  • The enquiring student
  • Making social lives

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

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core modules:

History

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

Sociology

  • Sociological theory
  • Beliefs, culture and community

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

Year 3 - BA

You will study:

  • one of the two core modules (either Public history or Advanced social research methods)
  • and a further five modules, ensuring a balance of three history and three sociology modules. You may choose 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

Sociology modules may include:

  • Work and society
  • Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
  • Frontiers, landscapes and journeys

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in history or sociology.

You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject. You may choose one Scottish history module in place of one history module.

History modules may include:

  • Fght the power: music and the politics of Black America
  • 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
  • Reaching the estate of manhood in late Medieval early modern Europe
  • The Norman diaspora: conquest, colonisation and assimilation

Sociology modules may include:

  • Network society: mass media and the information age
  • Insiders and outsiders in society
  • Visual research (subject to numbers)
  • Restorative justice
  • Cultural criminology

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change to how the course will be delivered next year. From September 2020, you will study online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and opportunities for campus attendance will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • 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.


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
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

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:

Degrees2019-202020-21
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-timeLevel2019-202020-21
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 and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while 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:

  2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

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 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.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

Participation in any fieldtrips will be at your own expense.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) History and Sociology, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching and education
  • The media
  • Publishing
  • Creative arts
  • Marketing and PR
  • Government (local and national)
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Museums and the heritage sector

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