History and Theology BA (Hons)

UCAS code VV06
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What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) History and Theology is led by Highland Theological College UHI and the UHI Centre for History, both of which possess recognised expertise in their respective fields. This joint degree provides a distinctive study opportunity combining two different but complementary subjects

The history element provides a thorough examination of medieval, early modern and modern Britain, Europe and the wider world. The theology element provides for the study of all the main traditions, although Highland Theological College UHI stands in the evangelical and Reformed tradition of Christian theology.

Special features

  • You will have access to recognised experts in both disciplines with specific research interests that are reflected in their teaching
  • Highland Theological College UHI is recognised by the Church of Scotland, the United Free Church and other denominations as a training provider
  • You can study full time or part time, and modules are taught in one week blocks so you can fit your studies around your personal circumstances 
  • You will have access to a wealth of resources through the UHI Libraries and Electronic Resources and Highland Theological College UHI's impressive library has over 60,000 titles, including three special collections.
  • 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 subject, 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 aslo study two theology subjects may include:

  • Protestant Reformation 
  • Introduction to systematic theology

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

Year 2 - DipHE

You will choose two history subjects  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

In theology subjects you will study:

  • Early Church History
  • Plus an additional two modules from a range of theology options

You will also choose one option modules from a range of humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

History subjects may include:

  • Historiographical essay - this must be done if you want to complete a history dissertation in the honours year, otherwise you can choose up to three modules in history and three in theology. The list below gives an indication of the modules, however availability rotates each year:

Other history subjects 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

Theology subjects may include:

  • Theological project
  • Scottish church history
  • Doctrine of God
  • Hebrews
  • Wisdom Literature

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will undertake an extended writing modules in one of the two disciplines - a histographical essay or theology project.

Depending on whether you opt for the histographical essay, you will also choose two or three history modules. The list below gives an indication of the modules, however availability rotates each year:

  • 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

You will also study two or three theology subjects, depending on whether you choose to do the theology project. These modules may include:

  • Holy Spirit and the Word
  • Medieval church history
  • Quest for the historical Jesus
  • Guided reading
  • Hermeneutics

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
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
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:

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?

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

  • Churches, missionary societies and agencies
  • Teaching and research
  • Media and politics
  • Museums, archives and libraries
  • Government (local and national) and the civil service

Can I progress into further study?

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

MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for History and Theology 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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