Literature BA (Hons)

UCAS code Q320
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you are passionate about reading, thinking and writing and would like to turn this interest into a career, the BA (Hons) Literature is ideal for you.

You will explore literature in a global context, looking in depth at language and literary history within texts and on the international literary stage.

Studying literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands is not ‘English’, and nor is it ‘Scottish’. Our modules cover a wide range of authors, in English and translation, as well as theory from classic to contemporary. With a solid foundation in genres and periods in years 1 and 2, and research-based modules in years 3 and 4, our graduates are confident and enthusiastic writers, researchers and readers.

We teach a range of advanced specialist modules alongside more traditional content, and you are able to combine your studies with other disciplines. You will also study language, translation and the interrelation of Scots, Gaelic, English and other languages in Scotland.

You will benefit from close partnerships with local organisations such as High Life Highland, Highland Archive Centre and Literary Salon, and you will learn from internationally-recognised experts in their fields, with interests reflected in our wide variety of modules.

Special features

  • You will study literature in an international context
  • Research strengths (all taught on the degree) include: nation and identity, genre, adaptation, gender, theory/writing/originality, writing of place, nature and the environment, and in particular periods: classical and medieval, renaissance, eighteenth century and romanticism, nineteenth century, and modern and contemporary.
  • All modules in years 3 and 4 are based on staff research, and you’ll be part of a vibrant research culture from your first semester
  • Opportunities to take part in field-trips every semester as well as involvement in academic conferences and an active Literature Society
  • Modules on Gaelic literature in translation are available
  • 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
  • Must include English at grade C or above, plus one from the list of relevant subjects. These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting.
  • 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

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades CCC and eight units passed at SCQF level 6:

  • Access to arts, social science and primary education (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to community education and humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to humanities (Edinburgh College, Fife College and Perth College UHI)
  • Access to Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to university (West Lothian College)
  • Access to university study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Celtic studies incorporating primary education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)

.Holders of other awards, qualifications, competences and knowledge that are deemed similar in level and content to those above; entry by this route will be at the discretion of the programme committee.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Literary discoveries: an introduction to prose fiction
  • Coming out: late 19th- and early 20th century drama
  • Literary theory in history and practice
  • Scottish poetry and the theme of exile

You will also choose two further option modules which may include:

  • Worlds real and imagined: an introduction to poetry
  • Option module(s) from our range of arts and humanities subjects

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Male ideals and female desires in medieval poetry
  • An introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy
  • Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary

You will also choose two further option modules from our range of arts and humanities subjects.

Year 3 - BA

You will study five core modules, plus one option module in year three.

The list below gives an indication of the core modules, however availability rotates each year.

  • European modernism and the Scottish literary renaissance
  • Union and discord 1707-1815
  • Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
  • Literary borrowings: adaptations and appropriations
  • Nature writing and ecology
  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750-1830
  • Psychogeography and the city
  • Glorious spangs: material culture at the early modern court

You will choose your option module from our range of arts and humanities subjects.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will study four core modules and complete a dissertation.

The list below gives an indication of the core modules, however availability rotates each year.

  • Satire: the literary art of attack
  • Apocalyptic fictions
  • Science fiction
  • Pornutopia: gender and erotic Writing
  • Avant-garde literature
  • Pushing boundaries
  • Past and present: historiography

 

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
  • International students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study with us must be based at Inverness and study at Inverness College UHI. Scottish, EU/EEA and rest of the UK students can choose to be campus-based or study from their own location online and by video conference in real-time and recordings.

How long will my course last?

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

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.

Online

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland), EU/EEA or international students without a term-time address in Scotland, ie studying from their home country, the following fees apply:

  2016-17
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £5,400
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £900

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) Literature course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Teaching and education
  • Academia
  • Publishing
  • Museum and archives
  • Charities
  • The Media
  • Heritage sector
  • Creative arts
  • Marketing and PR
  • Government
  • Writer
  • Research

The highly developed critical, analytical and communication skills you will acquire through your studies will make you a strong candidate for a wide variety of careers.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Literature to

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say:

The university Literature Society allows students to develop and share their interests with other people. This can be done through trips to museums, galleries, festivals, the theatre or significant literary towns. It also allows students to get together and do something creative whether it is writing or performing short dramatic pieces. There's even the chance to just sit with a group of friends over a coffee and discuss a new and interesting text. The university Literature Society is a place where students can enhance their skills in a non-judgemental and relaxed environment. There are many roles within the society which means your opinion will always matter. It is your chance as a student to shape and develop the society and get the most out of your university experience.

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter (@UHILitSociety)

University Literature Society, President Natasha Ross (full-time year 2)

Studying Literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands has re-opened my eyes to a world I had almost forgotten about.  Part-time study as a mature student suits me as I have 4 children and a partner, so the time I spend on my studies is very precious and I use it well.

From medieval poetry to modern day novels, my first year at university has been an incredible experience and I am so happy to be able to link up with like-minded people from all over the country. That's the beauty of UHI; video conferencing that works and access to lectures from home makes studying a whole lot easier. The enthusiastic and helpful faculty have also helped make study a pleasurable experience, particularly when I have been out of the educational sphere for more than twenty years!

So why study literature at UHI?

If you enjoy reading and writing and would like to gain more insight to the literary world then you'll love this degree.

Discover hidden gems in Scottish and international literature...
Expand your mind...
Cultural trips and visits...
Explore and share your thoughts...
Form your own 'literary voice'.  Who knows where it will take you?

Morag Meldrum, part-time BAH Literature.

Apply for Literature 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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