Literature and Theology BA (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

Most of our humanities subjects can be studied as joint honours as well as single honours. Joint honours programmes give you the opportunity to combine two subjects, which complement your interests or career goals. You will usually concentrate on both subjects equally. It can be possible to transfer between single and joint honours options, usually during your first or second year, and advice will be available from your personal academic tutor.

This course covers:

  • Literature: using a wide range of authors and texts, from classic to contemporary, explores literature in a global context, looking in depth at language and literary history.

  • Theology: the study of the main disciplines of Christian theology

Special features

  • Study literature in an international context
  • Learn about a wide range of theology across all main traditions
  • Learn from research-active staff in both disciplines
  • Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal and professional development
     

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 academic 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.

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.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following core modules:

Literature

  • Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile
  • Literary theory: history and practice

Theology 

  • Introduction to systematic theology
  • Protestant Reformation. Plus one from the following
  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • The Pentateuch
  • Understanding worship

Plus one option module from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study two literature modules, which may include:

  • Introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • Heroic Literature: Epic from Classical to Contemporary
  • Male Ideals and Female Desires in Medieval Poetry
  • Theatrical Powerplay: Classical and Modern Tragedy

Plus three core theology modules:

  • Early church history. Plus two of the following
  • Old testament prophecy
  • Person and work of Christ
  • Pauline theology
  • Exploring other faiths

You will also choose one option module from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 3 - BA

You will study three core theology modules: 

  • Theological project, plus two from the following
  • Christian spirituality, an overview
  • Hebrews
  • Scottish church history
  • Wisdom literature
  • Doctrine of God

You will also choose three literature option modules, which may include:

  • Gaoir nam ban: Gaelic women's poetry 1644–1746
  • Imagining new worlds: Renaissance literature and thought
  • Psychogeography and the city
  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750–1830
  • Children's literature
  • Modern times: popular culture and modernism

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in literature or theology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.

Literature modules may include:

  • Pushing boundaries
  • Avant-garde literature
  • Past and present: historiography
  • Postmodernism

Theology modules may include:

  • Christian ethics
  • Hermeneutics
  • The Holy Spirit and the word
  • Luke-Acts
  • Medieval church history
  • Psalms
  • Guided Reading

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 and video conference lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors

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.


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
  • Orkney 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 your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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

  • Primary and Secondary teaching in English, history and modern studies
  • Journalism and the media
  • Tourism
  • Museums and archives
  • Research

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Literature and Theology to the following postgraduate courses:

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