Literature BA (Hons)
UCAS code Q320
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UCAS code Q320
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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 and you will learn from internationally recognised experts in their fields, with interests reflected in our wide variety of modules.
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
Entry to year one:
Advanced entry to year two:
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Literature with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6:
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.
You will study the following core modules:
You will also choose two further option modules which may include:
Core modules are:
You will also choose two further option modules from across our humanities subjects.
You will study five core modules which may include:
You will also choose an option module from our range of humanities subjects
You will complete a literature dissertation. You will also study four core modules which may include:
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.
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:
|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|
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:
**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) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
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.
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||£11,100||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,550||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,850||£1,940|
**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.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Literature course, you might like to consider careers in:
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.
There are some amazing opportunities for students; from guest lecturers to workshops, courses and events. This year I’ve taken part in the Literature Society as President. We put on social activities and some campuses hold weekly book swapping meetings and there are larger events to attend such as the AyeWrite Festival in Glasgow. These are great ways to get to know and share your love of books with other like-minded students.
Carrie McWilliam, second year student, BA (Hons) Literature, Moray College UHI campus.
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)
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.
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.